Nature Drawing for Beginners

Nature Drawing for Beginners

Artist, biologist and illustrator Sean Edgerton leads students on a journey to learn how to draw, sketch and paint in one of nature’s most beautiful settings
April 1, 2019 to April 6, 2019

Join artist and educator Sean Edgerton, as you learn the basic elements of drawing outdoors in Yosemite Valley. In this adventurous class, you’ll learn to observe nature in a new way, as you record and catalog your Yosemite surroundings using pencils and pens. As you take a fresh look at everything from tiny flowers and insects, to tall trees and waterfalls, you’ll begin to see the beauty in creatures and features you might otherwise overlook. Throughout the class, Edgerton will help you discover and observe details in the landscape, as you create works of art in the park.

Beginner level: Little to no experience required, ages 12+.
Registration: $20 per day per visitor; advance registration recommended; drop-ins welcome as space is available.
Location: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center; shuttle stop #16; park at Half Dome Village and take the shuttle; workshops are held outside, weather and medium permitting.
Time: 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please arrive at 9:45 am to purchase supplies. Please plan for extra time when taking the shuttles.
Materials: Supplies are not included in the registration fee. Supply lists are sent to registered participants once payment is received. Additional supplies are available for purchase at Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. All purchases benefit the park! Materials available for use free of charge: field easel, field stool, hardboard, water containers and paper towels.
Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.
Sean Edgerton, Artist Instructor, Yosemite Conservancy

Sean Edgerton

After studying plant sciences and ecology and evolutionary biology at University of California, Santa Cruz, Sean Vidal Edgerton completed a graduate program in science illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Since then, he has worked as a wildlife illustrator in Madagascar, as an entomological illustrator at the Smithsonian, and as a freelance scientific illustrator. He also received a master’s degree in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at San Francisco State University, where he focused on the evolution of viruses and their epidemic activity during historical and modern outbreaks. Currently, he works as both a botanical illustrator and microbiologist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Drawing on his pen for visual communication, a pipette for scientific research, and the pangolin for education, awareness and conservation work, Sean is driven by a goal of understanding the diverse world of natural history and progressing effective environmental stewardship from the ground up.