Sketching Nature: Pencil, Pen & Paint – Mar 2


Get inspired by nature and learn how to capture a sense of place by adding watercolor to pencil & pen sketches.  

Faculty: Jean Mackay

Saturday Mar 2

10 am – 3 pm

snow date: Sunday Mar 3



Get inspired to explore the rich diversity of nature around you in pencil, pen and paint.

“Westport Grid” by Jean Mackay, image courtesy of the artist.

This workshop will help you prepare to sketch outdoors as we learn how to capture a sense of place on paper. We will learn techniques of over-layering watercolor onto pencil and pen sketches, and may include notations and text as part of our art-making.  Whether you are looking for renewed inspiration or hoping to build your artistic skills, this class will set you on a journey of discovery that will cultivate a sense of wonder and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the world around you.  Class will be tailored to various skill levels.

Supplies: Please click on PDF for full list. Materials List_Sketching-in-Nature_Mackay2019
Summary of supplies list:
    • Pencils: HB, B, or 2B
    • Eraser: kneaded eraser or white vinyl eraser
    • Paper: sketch pad suitable for drawing (8×10” or larger recommended), as well as paper made for watercolor
    • Pen: any waterproof black pen
    • Watercolor: small 12-color set of watercolors (pans preferred to tubes, but tube are OK)
    • Brushes: small and a medium round brush made for watercolor
    • Paper towels and small soft rag
    • Jam jar or small cup to hold water.

Level/age: some drawing experience is helpful / age 15 and up

Feature image: “Galls” by Jean Mackay, image courtesy of the artist.