Autumn Natural Expressions
Join the talented artist and workshop instructor, Janet Moore and discover how to capture and communicate the wonder of your experiences in nature and the magic of late fall in the north woods.
This autumn workshop takes place at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres of majestic forest in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and situated along the pristine shores of Lake Namakagon. The old forest and serene water will inspire you and serve as the focus of your practice as you experience the changing of the seasons with all of your senses. Artmaking instruction includes creating your own sketchbook/journal with simple bookbinding techniques, basic field drawing in pencil, pen and ink, and plein aire watercolor painting. Selected readings along with guided writing exercises are combined with onsite field art instruction and plenty of personal work and reflection time to give you the basic skills needed to create an illustrated journal of this and many adventures to come. For educators, you will emerge with valuable resources, techniques and inspiration to help others connect to nature through art.
A field kit of basic supplies needed for the course activities will be provided; participants are free to bring their own materials as well. Credit or non-credit options available; participant credit is based on additional requirements by the instructor.
About the artist:
For as long as I can remember my art has been informed by a deep and direct relationship with the natural world. I have been painting botanical subjects and landscapes in watercolor for over 20 years. I earned a BS in art as well as a BS in environmental studies at UW-Madison, and find my combined training and experience in both fields enhances and informs my work.
My most recent work has evolved to reflect an interest in communicating direct experiences in nature through images and word, while exploring the rugged yet delicate beauty of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands area. Each painting is an adventure in close observation and becoming familiar with the unique characteristics of each subject and place. This invariably leaves me with a greater and deeper knowledge and appreciation of the natural world and our relationship to it.
As an environmental educator, I find that art is a powerful tool, not only for observing more closely and connecting more deeply with nature but also for connecting with our own creative power. I earned a masters degree in environmental education at UW-Stevens Point, with a focus on researching the value of drawing as a learning tool in science. I have worked as an educator for the UW-Madison Arboretum’s Earth Partnerships for Schools program, the LEAF k-12 School Forestry Program, and as an independent presenter, teacher, and consultant for art, nature, and science integration.
Teaching people of all ages to slow down, look closely, and find their own way of communicating what they find in nature is an immensely satisfying honor. www.janetmooreart.com