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The Artist’s Workshop: Late Summer Sketching

September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$25.00 – $60.00

The naturalist’s sketchbook is full of sketches of natural objects that bring moments in nature to life! The way you arrange these drawings on a page can boost the storytelling quality of your sketches. In this course led by artist Preston Montague, participants will learn how to tell a story through the arrangement of objects in a sketchbook, as well as basic observation and drawing techniques with pen, pencil, and colored pencils. Though designed for beginners, students with more intermediate skills are encouraged to join. Students are asked to bring sketchbooks, colored pencils, #2 pencils, erasers, a pencil sharpener and micron pens.

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape architect who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He works in Durham, N.C., focusing on projects that spark curiosity about nature and encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment. Montague’s latest body of work, “Codex Carolinum,” is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy, which can be viewed here.

Adult Field Courses

Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. The course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

The series runs from April through October, with topics including bird ecology and behavior, ecology, photography, painting, climate change and stargazing. Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. To learn more or become a member, click here.

NOTE: Bridge Club members must present valid Bridge Club ID upon arrival, or they will have to pay the full price.

Most courses run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise stated, and participants are asked to bring their own lunch to be eaten in the field.

CANCELLATION POLICY: These events are extremely popular and usually have an extensive waiting list. If for some reason you are unable to attend, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than one week prior to the event will not be eligible for refund. Cancellations made within a week or greater, or in the event that we are forced to cancel, will be fully refunded.


September 12, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25.00 – $60.00
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Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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