Posted by: Pam, at RML | February 20, 2010

March 24 at 7pm–Capturing nature in a journal with artist Christi Sobel

While we are waiting for artist Christi Sobel from Ithaca, New York, have you ever read Cavafy’s poem, Ithaka ?

On Wednesday, March 24 at 7pm, scientific illustrator and graphic designer Christi Sobel will return to Wayne and make herself “artistically useful” (says Christi) and show us how to use pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor, for capturing nature in a journal. The Radnor Conservancy is our co-sponsor for this hands-on art class. Please register by calling 610-687-1124.

The artist lives and works in Ithaca, New York, not too far from where she was brought up. No stranger to the Main Line, Christi gained a degree in art and biology from Eastern University. Sobel also earned a graduate certificate in Scientific Illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a taste for travel and a great collection of memories of beautiful places. The artist has also worked at and been published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London), taught art classes in a small village in the Central Plateau of Haiti, painted two large murals for Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies (Mancelona, MI), worked in N. Ft. Myers, Florida as an itinerant artist for an organization called Echo (Educational Concern for Hunger Organization), illustrated a book on agroforestry techniques, and hung several art exhibits in the Philadelphia and Ithaca areas.

This art class is about keeping a field or travel sketchbook journal. It will be very useful for field scientists, gardeners, students, writers, artists, travelers and if you are just curious…then it’s for you, too. The program includes a discussion of materials and exercises  on sketching techniques in pencil, pen and ink, and simple watercolor wash. Upon registration, a short materials list will be provided. Call the Library at 610-687-1124 x62 if you want me to read the list of materials to you on the phone.

                             I had a field day capturing these images from Christi’s website!



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