2022 Summer Program


Class #29

The Illustrated Nature Journal

Cynthia Quinn

June 12 - June 18, 2022

instructor imageWhether your interests are related to gardens, traveling, taking nature walks or exploring various habitats and their creatures, this class will inspire you to begin an ongoing journal of your experiences.

Cynthia’s approach includes curiosity, observation and research into various nature-related topics. Then comes the fun—creating the pages that explore the subject details! Demonstrations and samples will show a variety of processes to create your own illustrated journal. Students from all walks of life have taken Cynthia’s class. Not having an art background will not affect your ability to do well. Being a keen observer of the natural world is a good first step. Part of the fun is the camaraderie of the group and seeing how others translate their observations of nature.

In this class, you will learn to draw from life and also from photos, comparing how each method has its advantages. The class will delve into drawing fundamentals, sketching with graphite pencils and watercolor pencils, painting with watercolors and using pen and ink. Informal calligraphic techniques, collage and page design/layout ideas will also be presented. You’ll work mainly in sketchbooks. Time will be spent outdoors, weather permitting. Demonstrations, individual and group guidance and relevant samples will provide inspiration for enjoying the process of journaling.

Cynthia Quinn’s predilection to draw and paint was first exhibited as a young child. She would sit at an easel and paint for hours at a time. As the years went on, she devoted her time to filling sketchbooks every few months and to reading. The natural world was and is her muse. For many years, Cynthia worked as a graphic designer and art director. During that time, she also painted in watercolor and oils, and moved gradually toward teaching and studio art-making. She has an extensive background teaching graphic design, watercolor and oil classes in the Madison, Wisconsin area. She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and has exhibited widely both regionally and nationally. In a more recent turn of events, Cynthia has been creating a body of work using fiber, fabric, embroidery and beads. This new media focus is energizing and creates new avenues of thinking in Cynthia’s repertoire. She is translating her nature-related themes in new ways, and the cross pollination of media is rejuvenating.

Cynthia will contact students prior to class and provide a supply list.

Level: Beginner to Intermediate/Advanced
Web: www.cynthiaquinn.com

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


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