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Art in the Woods: Drawing on Nature Spring 2016

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For many of us, our first attraction to nature arose from a good feeling of perceiving beauty in flowers, waves, the sky. Bird song.

This good feeling—of biophilia—is key to environmental philosophy because it inspires a yearning to perceive, and understand, nature more deeply.

Biophilia is also a key element of environmental conservation, because it inspires love of nature; humans value beauty, and the most beautiful places are loved, and get cared for.

For these reasons, we offer Drawing on Nature: a class fully devoted to nurturing biophilia and the skills of transporting nature’s beauty to the sketchbook with pencils and paints, and with sculptures of clay. It features hikes and plein aire activities tracking and capturing nature’s glorious transformations through Spring.


Course Description

This 5-week art class for ages 9–13 is designed to immerse students in nature while they learn fundamental art skills.

As we experience nature together in some of the most beautiful places in the Nonotuck Biome, we will encourage students to develop an awareness of basic shapes and forms within it.

Introductory concepts of line, form, texture, value, composition, and pattern will be used to inspire our students’ imagination and expression.

We will balance the rigor of drawing from nature with the fun of loose gesture drawings and experiments in clay.

Lessons will all be taught out-of-doors at several different locations unless it is raining. On those days we will visit botanic gardens or museums.


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Instructors (click names for resume and works):

Martha Ebner

John Calhoun


5 classes are held Sundays, 10 am–2 pm on these Sundays:
April 24
May 1
May 8 (Mother’s Day—expect a beautiful present, Moms!)
May 15
May 22

Drop off (10am) and pick up (2pm) will be at Sheldon Field, Northampton, MA

Students should come prepared wearing outdoor clothing, hiking shoes, backpacks, lunch, water, and snacks.


$230 for 20 hours instruction ($10 an hour), which includes a $30. materials fee. Students take home their materials which includes a sketchbook and a travel watercolor set.


To register, please use the paypal button below. You’ll then be greeted and given registration forms & materials.

If you have any questions about this program, please: call Kurt Heidinger at 413.320.0522, send an email to or use the comment form below.


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