Drawing the Desert with Pencil and Brush

Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 10 am – 4 pm
Meet at: Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Fee: $50 members, $60 non member
Instructor: Diane Best, Artist, Instructor
Hike Level: Easy to Moderate

Spend a day drawing the desert while immersed in the “Dr. Seussian” woodland world of the Joshua tree. Diane Best will guide participants through different methods of capturing the desert landscape with a variety of media. She will discuss techniques for pencils, charcoal, pens and black acrylic paint, how to simplify the structure of the desert, and distill its essence including the park’s namesake, the Joshua tree. The focus of the class will be on traditional drawing materials. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn the process of using thinned acrylic paint as a wash like watercolor, and how to combine drawing media. While previous drawing experience is helpful, it is not necessary. Bring your drawing supplies, chair, and lunch, and prepare to enjoy the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.