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Art in the park

Art in the park

Sonoma Community Center presents four workshops at Jack London State Historic Park

Sonoma Community Center and Jack London State Historic Park have teamed up to offer a series of four one-day, in-person, socially distanced art workshops in the park. Each workshop focuses on a different creative approach to capturing elements of the park’s natural beauty and historic setting, and is led by an accomplished and recognized Bay Area-based artist with Sonoma County ties.

The classes are slated for the first three Saturdays in May and the first Saturday in June, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On May 1, Alina Nuebel, a certified California naturalist and lead artist at Artstart, a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit providing arts mentorship to youth through professional and public arts opportunities, will lead “Wondrous Wildflowers: A Botanical Journey Through Science and Art.” The day will encompass “casual instruction” on the origins of flowers and their role in ecosystems, as well as tips on how to draw them from observation, with feedback and pointers from Nuebel and fellow students. All materials are provided. More details can be found here: www.sonomacommunitycenter. org/wondrous-wildflowers.

On May 8, Nuebel will return to the park to lead “Landscape Sketching: Basic Techniques in Perspective.” This workshop is focused on communicating space in a landscape drawing, beginning with a lesson at the group picnic area overlooking the Beauty Ranch complex and ending with a walk and an opportunity to draw the ranch’s historical buildings in their context of hills, vineyards, and forest. More information here: wondrous-wildflowers-2.

Nuebel’s final class, “Drawing, Naturally: Observational Drawing in Nature,” is slated for May 15. The workshop merges observational drawing with outdoor adventure, as participants explore the shaded hillsides above Beauty Ranch and make stops to learn techniques in observational drawing. The walking route is approximately four miles round-trip and moderately difficult. More information: www.sonomacommunitycenter. org/drawing-naturally.

On June 2, Kelly Autumn, an Oakland-based multidisciplinary artist originally from Santa Rosa who completed a pop-up printmaking residency at the Sonoma Community Center in 2020, will lead a workshop on “Botanical Monotype Printmaking.” The class will include a stroll through the park to find inspiration in the local flora and identify botanicals that can be used in the creation of monoprints. Using plant materials gathered offsite as stencils, Autumn will teach participants how to use a brayer to roll out waterbased color on a gel printing plate to make beautiful color impressions. Students will experiment and print “These art classes with Sonoma Community Center are a natural fit,” said Matt Leffert, executive director of Jack London State Historic Park, which is operated and funded by the nonprofit Jack London Park Partners. “We are actively seeking new ways to reach and support our community partners by inviting them to bring their programs to the park for inspiration from nature. It’s a winning strategy for reintroducing group gatherings safely by holding them outdoors.”

To register for each of the workshops, visit www. Fees for classes range from $100 to $125, and basic supplies are provided. A $10-per-vehicle entry fee for the park is also levied. Extreme weather conditions may cause the workshops to be postponed.

with a variety of papers, and learn how to take prints to the next level with collage, painting, and illustration. Additional information: www. bontanical-monotype-printmaking.

“We are delighted to partner with Jack London State Historic Park to offer immersive art-making experiences, where participants learn new art techniques as they learn about the natural surroundings,” said Jill Valavanis, fine arts coordinator at Sonoma Community Center, in announcing the workshop series. The Sonoma Community Center is a member-supported nonprofit that has “worked to inspire creative expression and enhance quality of life by bringing world-class programming to the Valley of the Moon” for more than six decades.