Nature Photographer

Fieldtrips
ONE-DAY

events


Nature Photography
& Outdoor Painting



 

Learn and explore

while improving 

your art skills!

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These ONE-DAY events

 are an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the historical and natural beauty in our region!

 

 Class Descriptions:

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF NATURE

Students will be guided to study the plants, landscapes, and incredible beauty around us as they delve into the world of Nature photography. This will be a hands-on instructional lab and students will be required to have a camera or phone to learn photography techniques and terms. This class is filled with photo challenges, one-on-one teacher guidance, and assignments to take home. 

PAINTING CLASS: WILDLIFE DISCOVERY THROUGH ART 

Become a Naturalist and improve your observation skills in nature. These classes will help students study the beautiful wildlife and animals that inhabit our area! Students will learn how to apply real artist techniques using watercolors, pastels, and acrylic paint to capture aspects of nature!  Each one day event has a new offering of learning and allows students opportunities for being out in natural surroundings to connect them to the lessons and activities.

                       

These are outdoor classes- please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and location.

Layered clothing and close-toe shoes are recommended. If you enroll in all three classes at

the monthly location- please note your student is required to pack a lunch and water bottle. 

 

Limited students per class to maintain social distancing.

Reserve your spot! 

After enrollment, families will receive information about class location, park amenities, payment options, and more. Please send us an email if you have any questions! 

Teacher:  Jeanette Clamp

Traveling Art Class Descriptions - 

Location: Effie Yaw Nature Center

Date: Friday, AUGUST 27th

Historical Painting Class10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

$45 per student

Class description coming soon!

(Supervised Student Lunch Break 11:30 AM-11:50 AM)

Nature Photography Class11:50 AM- 1:20 PM

$45 per student 

Class description coming soon!

Animal Painting Class: 1:20 PM- 2:50 PM

$45 per student

Class description coming soon! 

Location: GALT

Cosumnes River Preserve 

Date: Friday, February 18th, 10:30 AM -1:30 PM

CLASS COST: $75

*Visitor Center is Open

*Free parking

*To learn more about the Preserve and address click here

The Cosumnes River is said to be the last free-flowing river from the Sierra Nevada to the Central Valley and offers visitors a chance to peek at what the Central Valley once looked like. The preserve is home to more than 250 bird species, more than 40 fish species, and 230 plant species, including small but significant stands of valley oaks that were once common across the Central Valley. Birds that migrate throughout the Pacific Flyway make the preserve a stop on their journey.

The Cosumnes River Preserve consists of over 50,000 acres of wildlife habitat and agricultural lands benefiting native species and educating people who enjoy exploring flora, fauna, and history.

Nature Photography Class

This bird preserve will offer a delightful nature walk through paths and past ponds which have an abundance of life. Join our one-day event and explore landscape settings to capture natural light reflecting through and on flora and fauna from different angles. Lessons will include learning technical terms and practicing depth of field, micro- closeup, and reflections in water photography. The instructor will provide a checklist page for students to capture different techniques. This is a place where local animal encounters are just part of the day.

Watercolor Painting Class: 

Our class will be set in front of a water wetland that provides many birds with safe habitat areas. Students will be encouraged to gather visual information to complete this water study of a Heron taking flight. The filtering sun rays and dappled light makes this a stunning painting to practice lessons for using watercolor paint. The instructor will teach techniques for wet-on-wet blending, masking areas, and using pen and ink as students learn to paint this gorgeous scene. All artist levels are welcomed.

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Location: Effie Yaw Nature Center

Date: Friday, AUGUST 27th

Historical Painting Class10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

$45 per student

Class description coming soon!

(Supervised Student Lunch Break 11:30 AM-11:50 AM)

Nature Photography Class11:50 AM- 1:20 PM

$45 per student 

Class description coming soon!

Animal Painting Class: 1:20 PM- 2:50 PM

$45 per student

Class description coming soon! 

Location: CARMICHAEL

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Date: Friday, March 25th, 10:30 AM -1:30 PM

CLASS COST: $75

*Free admission into Nature Center

*$5 parking

*To learn more about the Nature Center and address click here

Travel back in time by strolling through the replica Nisenan summer village complete with tule shelter, grinding rock, acorn granary, and fire pit. This backdrop serves as our unique learning subject for exploring early American river living. Our artful day will be filled with animal sightings and exploring the nature center.

Nature Photography Class

Join us on our nature walk through the Effie Yeaw trails to practice techniques for photographing native animals of the American River. We anticipate seeing deer, turkeys, birds of prey, and others in their natural habitat. Our time spent at this outdoor animal preserve will offer scenery that emphasizes repeating patterns and texture in photography. Opportunities like this can connect students to view nature and art as one.

Acrylic Painting Class: 

This science of a young deer in the grassland fits right into the scenery of Effie Yeaw. During our time at the preserve, students will see how the area provides valuable habitats for local animals along the American River. The subject of a fawn helps connect students to the preserve's ability in offering protected havens for young animals to grow. Our painting includes lessons for all abilities and ages.

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Location: Effie Yaw Nature Center

Date: Friday, AUGUST 27th

Historical Painting Class10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

$45 per student

Class description coming soon!

(Supervised Student Lunch Break 11:30 AM-11:50 AM)

Nature Photography Class11:50 AM- 1:20 PM

$45 per student 

Class description coming soon!

Animal Painting Class: 1:20 PM- 2:50 PM

$45 per student

Class description coming soon! 

Location: PLACERVILLE

Apple Hill's Spring Orchards

Date: Friday, April 22nd, 10:30 AM -1:30 PM

CLASS COST: $75

*Free parking

*To learn more about Apple Hill and address click here

The Apple Hill area has a beauty that calls out to visitors throughout the year. Springtime welcomes the promise of fruit to come.

Come visit the land of fruit production and learn the history of Apple Hill farms and how art plays an important role in advertising. The instructor will show samples of historical fruit packing labels so students can connect what they see in nature to how it’s interpreted in art. Both photography and painting play a role in the fruit industry.

Nature Photography Class

Springtime is full of life in the orchards! The stunning views of orchards, vineyards, and farms will inspire a beautiful session of photography. Today's lesson will focus on colors in nature as students learn how to arrange a still life using fruit and flowers for photographing as well as searching for signs of spring to capture. Photo challenges will include learning how to use the 6 composition rules in creating alluring photos. A day that promises to be delightful.

 

Multi-Medium Painting Class: 

The incredible scenery of apple hill farms will be the inspiration for our multi-medium painting of this orchard. The lessons today will include creating the artwork for a fruit packing label designed to sell apples. Lessons will discuss art used in advertising and a brief history of Apple Hill farms with samples of historical fruit packing labels to study. Students will work with various art mediums such as acyclic paint, pens and ink to create their own impressive packing label which details fruits and orchards. 

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Location: Effie Yaw Nature Center

Date: Friday, AUGUST 27th

Historical Painting Class10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

$45 per student

Class description coming soon!

(Supervised Student Lunch Break 11:30 AM-11:50 AM)

Nature Photography Class11:50 AM- 1:20 PM

$45 per student 

Class description coming soon!

Animal Painting Class: 1:20 PM- 2:50 PM

$45 per student

Class description coming soon! 

Location: Coloma

Marshall Gold Discovery Park

Date: Friday, May 20th, 10:30 AM -1:30 PM

CLASS COST: $75

*Visitor Center and Museum is free

*$10 parking fee

*To learn more about Marshall Park and address click here

Marshall gold discovery- Come explore this State park and learn about the first gold nugget found during 1848 that spurred on the migration of people to the west. The Sutter Mills replica is the landmark study for learning today. This area is rich in California history. Families can make time to visit the museum and outdoor artifacts and monuments.

Nature Photography Class:

Our photography journey today will lead us to a historical past. This area has many preserved educational buildings and machines that exhibit early 19th-century life during the California Gold Rush era. Students will join the instructor on a walk through the historical park as we capture memorable photos. Lessons will include 12 tips for photography nature.

Multi Medium Painting Class: 

This class will learn about the history of Sutter’s mill and the rich resources of the area, including gold. The location of our outdoor classroom will be set next to the replica mill with a view of the American River. This scene is the inspiration for our River landscape painting which offers lessons in capturing trees and reflecting water using acyclic paint. All ages are welcome

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