Into the Woods with Andrew Pate


Into the Woods:
Watercolor Nature Journal Class

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September 11, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm,


Nobody sees a flower… it is so small it takes time…
and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
~ Georgia O’Keeffe ~


Painting, like drawing, can be a way of learning to see the world with fresh eyes.  It can be a way of letting yourself take time to get to know a flower, or a tree.

Watercolor is wonderful for notes and studies, for delicate observations.  And its tools are simple.  All you need is paper, pencil, a few tubes of paint, a couple of brushes, water.  And a little patience with yourself.

We’ll spend the afternoon painting together. For the first 30-45 minutes I’ll paint while you watch and ask lots of questions.  I’ll lead you through what I do when I paint, what I bring my attention to, what I think about.  We’ll talk about the special qualities of watercolor. Then I’ll help you get started on your own.  We’ll sit outside, in the woods, painting from nature.  Through the afternoon I’ll keep working on my own painting (so you can watch when you like).  Every little while I’ll wander around to give feedback or guidance. We’ll take a break at some point to compare notes as a group (there’s always so much to learn from one another).

Mostly, we’ll just be painting.  I want you to have plenty of time to be alone with your own painting and that tree or fern or tuft of grass you find yourself falling in love with.

For me drawing and painting are intimately related. Drawing is such a natural tool for seeing, and painting so naturally follows. So we’ll do some drawing exercises to get warmed up each session.

If you have your own painting supplies, please bring them.  Otherwise, for an extra $5 I’ll have paper and paint and brushes to share.  After we meet you’ll have a much better idea of the supplies you’ll need.  If you’re eager to go ahead and buy materials, talk to me first! There are so many to choose from, some more suitable than others.


One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes,
and there is no reason for painting but that.
~ Andrew Wyeth ~


Tuition:  $55

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We would like to make classes and programs accessible to all who are interested.  In some cases, sliding scale and/or energy exchange are available to make class participation possible.  If you have such a need, please don’t hesitate to ask!   Call 360-837-88733, or email us at

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About Andrew:
andrew, solstice 2011Everything is worthy of being drawn; anything can inspire a painting.

I spend as much time as I can walking and sitting and drawing in the woods near my home. Drawing is my way of getting to know the life of a place that is special to me.

Yet I always come back to drawing and painting people– faces and bodies. There is so much to say about why that is, more than I have words for. But the ancient Greeks knew something when they said, “The soul, to know itself, must gaze into a soul.” And Wendell Berry, “The task of healing is to respect oneself as a creature, no more and no less.”

I often ask myself if I can justify spending my time making pictures. There is so much work to be done in the world! But I tell myself that it is important, first, to try to see, clearly and honestly, with humility and patience. Drawing and painting, I hope, are a way for me to learn to see. It’s a beginning.

How difficult I find it to get out of my own way, simply to look and to listen, and then to respond. How difficult, sometimes, to trust my response and to follow it. But moments arise in which I do, and it is so simple, so natural. Everything is different then. Good things happen then.


…the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
~ Mary Oliver ~

You are also invited to watch the video, Unfinished Journey – the Art of Andrew Pate.

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