Watercolor Sketchbook

Watercolor Sketchbook

Join Sylvia Eneriz and learn simple and fast watercolor techniques to record your observations and fill your nature journal with sketches, paintings and notes.
July 8, 2019 to July 13, 2019

Like the great naturalist John Muir, who documented not only the flora and fauna of his beloved Yosemite, but also the scents and sounds of forest walks and mountains storms, participants in the nature journaling workshop will use all their senses to sketch and paint what they see, hear, smell and touch, adding any thoughts, observations, prose or poetry that come up during their outdoor meditations.

With guidance from a professional artist, students will closely observe whatever sparks their curiosity on the trail, learn quick watercolor and sketching techniques, and experiment with different compositions to capture the feeling or essence of a subject, place or experience. You might draw and scientifically label different birds or plants you encounter, create a simple painting of a sparkling stream and record your thoughts about its babbling sound, or dip your toes in the water and jot down a poem about the feeling of cool stones beneath your feet. However you choose to explore and capture your surroundings, your instructor will create a fun, memorable experience and teach you basic nature journaling skills that you can take on any outdoor wander.

Beginner level: Little to no experience required, ages 12+.
Registration: $20 per day per visitor; advanced 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.

Sylvia Eneriz

Los Angeles-based artist Sylvia Eneriz studied studio art at The Art Students League of New York, STUDIO415NY, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and Loyola Marymount University. She copied at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Leonid Gervits, and counts many notable artists among her teachers, including E.B. Lewis, Brandon Soloff, Max Ginsburg, Bruce Dorfman, Mary Beth McKenzie and Michael Grimaldi. She received the prestigious Vaclav Vytlacil Memorial Merit Scholarship and Artist Residency in 2013, and her work has been featured in Art Journaling magazine, at LA’s Huntington Library and gardens, at the Manhattan Borough President's office and in the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery in New York.