Session 1: Renoir at the Beach
Painting Tide-pools, Estuaries, & Forests (June 17-21)
Sloshing through tide-pools, eyes searching for darting fish, illusive octopus, and colorful bat stars, our marine biologists take collections of sea snails and limpets for close examination, and as the content for paintings they will make. Canvas in hand, Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse, 110 feet tall, glows white in the background, the Pacific Ocean steaming like soda pop around it. What will your child paint? What colors will they use to depict what they see? As we explore estuaries, we will take our canvas’ to Eudora, a tree that children can climb in that often tells stories. We challenge the children, “To paint the best side of Eudora,” a reclining Eucalyptus tree. As we follow mountain paths into the mountains, we find immense trees, banana slugs eating as they slither, wild iris, and mountain sorrel. Our painters will capture their experiences in paint, and will trek home only beach sand and crushed leaves.
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• Monday--Fitzgerald Marine Reserves
• Tuesday--Pescadero Marsh
• Wednesday--Butano State Park
• Thursday--Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse
• Friday—Central Park (San Mateo)
Monday--Fitzgerald Marine Reserves--In the morning the seals warm themselves draped over rocks, and lay in groups just above the tide-line. Before our campers an amazing tide-pool beckons to be explored. Lazy days at the beach and colorful palettes is at the heart of this Renoir inspired adventure. Each day our explorers and artists have time to soak in the beauty of beach environment. We explore light as we reimagine the way Renoir painted and composed elements of the coastline. Each day we will spend time painting what we see in the style of Renoir.
Tuesday--Pescadero Marsh--Pescadero Beach and Marsh for a fun day of building sand castles, driftwood forts, and climbing trees. Pescadero Beach, a wide and sandy beach, is the perfect place to build driftwood forts, sand castles, and to climb a tree. We will use these handmade creations to inspire our paintings as we work on creating pleasing compositions. As we explore the trails, we will see great blue herons, egrets, swooping terns, and even a bird condo where birds nest during the spring and summer months. If we are lucky, and our eyes are keen, we may even see a tree frog resting on the spiky leaves of a blackberry briar, and if they are ripe and juicy, eat a few wild blackberries. Beneath the waters, we may see a gleaming steelhead hunting in the marsh.
Wednesday--Butano State Park--Groves of ancient redwood trees tower above us. How did they get to be so tall? How have they survived through the ages? In the morning, if we are lucky, the last bits of wispy fog will still be present in the forest. A perfect environment to see the impact light has upon a landscape, we will see how bright bursts of light in a dark forest create dramatic images. Active explorers learn about how fragile the environment is by seeing these magnificent trees up close. As we climb through the forest, we begin to feel less humid air, and soon we no longer find massive redwood trees. Is there a link? An awe inspiring day, children will love spend time exploring this wonderful forest environment.
Thursday--Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse--Blissful beaches are places of beauty and creativity. Children have time to search for shells, go out to the point to look out to see and imagine a time when the safety beacons of the lighthouse saved ships from being dashed against the rocky shore. Todays focus is placing items in the foreground keeping in mind the dramatic and emotional background. As our paintings develop, we work on defining solid shapes, and making sure to use pops of bright colors to create lively compositions.
Friday--Central Park, San Mateo--A park with roses and a Japanese Garden with bliss out in. Color, light, warm sun, and imagination inspire artists to draw, paint, and wander through gardens looking or just the right angle and subject. If we are lucky, and the timing is right, we get to feed carp as we gaze into the green water from the curved bridge.