In this class we will assemble one of the most powerful toolkits for learning about Nature. Following in the footsteps of Audubon, Humboldt, and Darwin we will reintegrate art and science in a creative synthesis that is fun, functional, and aesthetically engaging.
In each session we will explore the diversity of life forms and relationships that surround us. A diversity of ecosystems will be explored, from the seasonally flooded Laguna de Santa Rosa to the mixed oak woodlands of Annadel State Park; from the lush lakeshore habitats of Spring Lake to the sandy trails of Ragle Ranch. In each of these locations we will discuss and practice techniques of observation and analysis based in field biology as well as note-taking and memorization methods based on cognitive science. Artistic materials and strategies will be discussed and practiced in a variety of media.
By the end of the class you will have sharper eyes, better nature awareness, and a beautiful journal documenting your experience. You will also possess the tools and mindset necessary to pursue a life-long learning adventure. Some drawing experience recommended and ability to be comfortable in the outdoors and do some moderate walking is required.