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The Illuminated Field Journal

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The Illuminated Field Journal
Andie Thrams
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$315 plus $$5 Materials Fee
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February 27, 2018
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Workshop Overview

Wandering, observing, and working creatively outdoors can deeply connect us to place. With a field journal and lightweight tools, we are poised to make marks evoking what is seen and felt as autumn arrives. Through guided experiments and demonstrations in the studio and outdoors, Andie will share techniques for designing journal pages, recording written & visual observations, generating quick sketches & compositions, mixing color, revealing gesture & light, and developing detail. Using watercolor, gouache, and ink, you will deepen your creative process while chronicling your Sitka experience. You'll leave inspired to continue to explore within your journal and beyond.

About the Instructor(s)

Andie Thrams makes paintings and artist's books in wilderness habitats. Her art and teaching explore mystery, reverence, delight, and vanishing habitats. Her work is widely exhibited and held in numerous permanent collections, including Yale University and the University of Washington. She earned a BA degree in art practice from the University of California, Berkeley and has been teaching art making in the outdoors since 1990. She was a Sitka Artist In Residence in 2004.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Field journal with watercolor paper in any size you like (journals at least 8 inches on one side are easier to handle). It is important that your journal stay open and flat, so you are able to work across both pages with ease. Brands that make good watercolor journals include: Pentalic Aqua Journal, Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor Journal, Strathmore Softcover or Hardcover 400 Series Watercolor Art Journal, Fabriano Hardcover Watercolor Journal, Global Art Materials Travelogue Watercolor Book, and Moleskine Watercolor Notebooks.

• Clipboard, foam board, or other lightweight board as big as your opened journal with 2 bulldog clips big enough to hold your journal to the board

• No. 2 or HB drawing pencil

• Pencil sharpener

• Kneaded eraser

• Fine or extra fine black felt tip pen (such as Pigma micron in size .01, or bigger if you prefer)

• 3 or 4 colored pencils in any colors you like - with at least 2 light colors. Prismacolor \"Cream\" is a helpful color to have.

• Ruler about 12 inches long

• 1 push pin

• Manilla file folder

• X-acto knife

• Black or brown ink (any type)

• Plastic lettuce bin cover, butcher tray, open palette, or other large paint mixing space

• #10 and #6 round watercolor brushes. Travel brushes and/or Pentel water brushes are ideal. Winsor & Newton sable or synthetic brushes (Cotman, Cirrus, Septre Gold, or Series 7), or any other brushes you like, are also good. Creative Mark “Rhapsody” round watercolor brushes are an especially good deal for a very decent brush. It will pay off over time to buy the best brush you can afford!

• Optional brushes: 1/4-inch angle brush, and script, rigger, or liner brush

• 2 small containers for paint mixing & painting water, such as a small yogurt containers or jars

• Small spray bottle

• Rags or paper towels

• Knapsack able to hold your supplies

• Rain gear, warm layers, etc. for walking outdoors

• Sit-upon, portable stool, or something to sit on a bench or on the ground (so your seat stays warm and dry)

• Watercolor travel kit or much better: a lightweight folding palette filled with tube watercolor paints. The better brands are Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Utrecht and Holbein. Andie will have extra paint to share, so if you are missing a color, that is OK). Here are the recommended colors for the best basic watercolor kit:

• Quinacridone rose, or quinacridone pink, or permanent rose (purple-biased red)

• Cadmium red (orange-biased red)

• Ultramarine blue (purple-biased blue)

• Phthalo blue, or manganese blue, or cerulean blue (green-biased blue)

• Lemon yellow, or cadmium yellow pale, or hansa yellow light (green-biased yellow)

• Cadmium yellow deep (orange-biased yellow)

• Sap green (good all around green)

• Oxide of chromium (helpful green for plants)

• Ultramarine violet or other purple

• Any orange you like

• Burnt sienna

• Quinacridone gold

• Permanent white gouache (not watercolor)

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Plant material

• Printed handouts in color

• Additional ink and paint

• Ox gall

• Sample projects and journal examples

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