Archive for Native Plants

Spring Thaw & Draw – Nature Journaling Field Day! Riparian Areas and the Rendezvous

In addition to the “Spring Thaw & Draw” series of Friday afternoon classes, Perri Howard and Mary Kiesau are also offering “Field Day” classes on Saturdays.

These fully field-based classes are geared towards those who would enjoy an immersive experience hiking and drawing in nature. If you have taken a class with them before or have done some drawing on your own, the Field Day classes are a perfect fit for you. These longer classes will combine a more in-depth natural history excursion with more detailed field-based drawing. They are designed for people who are fairly comfortable with drawing tools through either previous classes or creative practice on your own.

These Saturday classes will meet from 10am-4pm and cost $90. Combined with drawing in the field, we’ll spend time gently hiking, learning about many of the Methow’s plants, birds and animals, a little geology, maybe even clouds. Drawing practice will include things both near and far, and cover a wide variety of techniques like creating depth and perspective, giving your shapes form, texture and expression, shading, drawing “landscapitos,” and working with color. We’ll work at a slightly more advanced pace.

All materials are included, and space is limited to 12 people per class. Classes are designed for ages 16 and up. If you would like to bring someone under the age of 16, please call or email Perri.

Get more info and register online at mountainkindphotography.com or contact Mary Kiesau at 509-551-6714, kiesau@gmail.com or Perri Howard at 509-557-2299, perri@vmgworks.com

Spring Thaw & Draw – Nature Journaling for Everyone! Spring Flowers

Perri Howard and Mary Kiesau are offering a “Spring Thaw & Draw” series of nature journaling classes to get you outside and drawing. These Friday afternoon classes start with a short natural history-focused walk in the field led by Mary Kiesau, followed by drawing practice in the Velocity Made Studio led by Perri Howard. This spring’s classes have a B theme (Buds, Birds, Blossoms, and Bugs) and will meet on Fridays, 12:30pm-5:00pm, on May 17 and May 31.

The sessions are designed for everyone: beginners will learn lots of tips and step-by-step “recipes” for drawing and nature journaling, and more experienced students will hone in on details and more challenging drawing skills. Each class will begin with a short excursion outside and natural history lesson, then move indoors to Perri’s studio at TwispWorks.

The themed classes are:
MAY 17: Blossoms (spring wildflowers!)
MAY 31: Bugs (beetles, butterflies, bees and other insects)

Classes are $65 and all materials are included. Space is limited to 12 people per class. Classes are designed for ages 16 and up. If you would like to bring someone under the age of 16, please call or email Perri.

Get more info and register online at mountainkindphotography.com or contact Mary Kiesau at 509-551-6714, kiesau@gmail.com or Perri Howard at 509-557-2299, perri@vmgworks.com

Spring Thaw & Draw – Nature Journaling Field Day! The Shrub Steppe in Bloom

In addition to the “Spring Thaw & Draw” series of Friday afternoon classes, Perri Howard and Mary Kiesau are also offering two “Field Day” classes on Saturdays.

April 27: The Shrub Steppe in Bloom – Balsamroot and Rolling Foothills
May 18: Riparian Rendezvous – Trees, Rivers and Mountains”

These fully field-based classes are geared towards those who would enjoy an immersive experience hiking and drawing in nature. If you have taken a class with them before or have done some drawing on your own, the Field Day classes are a perfect fit for you. These longer classes will combine a more in-depth natural history excursion with more detailed field-based drawing. They are designed for people who are fairly comfortable with drawing tools through either previous classes or creative practice on your own.

These Saturday classes will meet from 10am-4pm and cost $90. Combined with drawing in the field, we’ll spend time gently hiking, learning about many of the Methow’s plants, birds and animals, a little geology, maybe even clouds. Drawing practice will include things both near and far, and cover a wide variety of techniques like creating depth and perspective, giving your shapes form, texture and expression, shading, drawing “landscapitos,” and working with color. We’ll work at a slightly more advanced pace.

All materials are included, and space is limited to 12 people per class. Classes are designed for ages 16 and up. If you would like to bring someone under the age of 16, please call or email Perri.

Get more info and register online at mountainkindphotography.com or contact Mary Kiesau at 509-551-6714, kiesau@gmail.com or Perri Howard at 509-557-2299, perri@vmgworks.com

Spring Thaw & Draw – Nature Journaling for Everyone! Spring Leafing Out!

Perri Howard and Mary Kiesau are offering a “Spring Thaw & Draw” series of nature journaling classes to get you outside and drawing. These Friday afternoon classes start with a short natural history-focused walk in the field led by Mary Kiesau, followed by drawing practice in the Velocity Made Studio led by Perri Howard. This spring’s classes have a B theme (Buds, Birds, Blossoms, and Bugs) and will meet on Fridays, 12:30pm-5:00pm, on April 19, May 3, May 17 and May 31. Attend individual classes or the whole series.

The sessions are designed for everyone: beginners will learn lots of tips and step-by-step “recipes” for drawing and nature journaling, and more experienced students will hone in on details and more challenging drawing skills. Each class will begin with a short excursion outside and natural history lesson, then move indoors to Perri’s studio at TwispWorks.

The themed classes are:
APRIL 19: Buds (and spring leaf out with shoots, leaves and trees)
MAY 3: Birds
MAY 17: Blossoms (spring wildflowers!)
MAY 31: Bugs (beetles, butterflies, bees and other insects)

Classes are $65 each or $240 for the whole series. All materials are included. Space is limited to 12 people per class. Classes are designed for ages 16 and up. If you would like to bring someone under the age of 16, please call or email Perri.

Get more info and register online at mountainkindphotography.com or contact Mary Kiesau at 509-551-6714, kiesau@gmail.com or Perri Howard at 509-557-2299, perri@vmgworks.com

Last Sunday Series: Whitebark Pine – Sentinel of Alpine Forests

The Methow valley Interpretive Center presents the next in their series of Last Sunday lectures, Whitebark Pine – Sentinel of Alpine Forests with presenter Connie Mehmel.

Connie is a forester and forest insect specialist who has spent many seasons walking the alpine trails of eastern Washington looking at whitebark pines. She currently works for the US Forest Service, stationed out of the Wenatchee Forestry Sciences Lab. She is a member of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, the Society of American Foresters and the Washington Native Plant Society.

Last Sunday presentations are open to the public and presented free of charge, but donations are graciously accepted at the door.

The lecture is presented in Building #2 on the TwispWorks Campus.