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In / Land
A Creative Exploration of the Natural World

Sondra Holtzman

Discover and immerse yourself in a process to find your own visual language through alchemy, paint, exploration and observation. 

August 20th 21st & 22nd, 10:00am - 4:00pm

$475 + $25 material fee

 In this workshop, students uncover a completely different viewpoint in nature that leads to the creation of meaningful and unique art pieces emerging from a new-found artistic expression.

Working in small format, learn to see into the natural world with fresh, new eyes, translating your findings into something tangible and meaningful - all in an accessible and relaxed way.

All levels of experience are welcome.


Recommended Supplies for Students

A small set of artist grade watercolors (12 colors are recommended)
Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink in colors of your choice; please be sure to include some earth colors like Black, Paynes Gray and Sepia
A watercolor sketchbook: 5 x 7” or 8 x 10” are good sizes
Hot press watercolor paper, like Arches and/or a sheet of Reeves BFK paper
A small basket or bag for collection of objects
A mechanical and a regular pencil
A water-soluble graphite pencil
A washrag to blot brushes on (I recommend bringing 2 washrags)
A container to hold water
Brushes: A #8 and #10 synthetic round watercolor brush and a 1/2” and 1/4” flat synthetic watercolor brush
Rigger watercolor brush, size 1
Any natural objects that have meaning for you
A small bottle of India ink and a small container to hold that ink while in use
Notebook and pen
A dip pen
Kneaded and white silicone erasers
1 or 2 boards by Ampersand: Gesso and/or Aquaboard - I like 5x7", 4x6" or largest 8x10".

Ball point pen (I like the Pilot G-2 series, .038 in black)
Optional: fountain pen
Small packet of Kleenex tissues

This is a small format class, so the idea is to create studies that can be translated

into larger works later if desired

The material fee of $25 (payable to Sondra day of workshop) student packet will contain:

Several mat boards prepared with alternative painting surfaces, including one piece of Mineral paper

A small tin containing one stick of pine charcoal and one stick of driftwood charcoal made by Sondra

A watercolor pan of driftwood charcoal watercolor paint made by Sondra

A handout with recipes

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A record keeper of an evolving life, professional artist Sondra Holtzman’s sketchbooks and artwork reflect musings of travel, afar and close to home. A passion for the natural world is inspiration for an expanding body of work with particular emphasis on land and seascapes. 

After attending Rhode Island School of Design and California College of the Arts, Sondra worked in San Francisco as a freelance designer, creating artwork for clients like Nike and Delta Air Lines. She now teaches art in her beloved Pacific Northwest and collaborates with close friend and business partner Katie Wendel, offering wine and painting excursions all over the world. 

For Sondra, the true joy of being an artist also lies in the sharing of her passion with others, helping them to discover their own artistic voice. 

Aside from pursuing adventure and creating art, other passions include three grown children, five grandchildren, picnicking (and painting!) in nature and kayaking with her best friend and miniature Australian Labradoodle, CoCo Bean.

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