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Drawing from Nature with Helen Byers G220933

Join Ghost Ranch master artist Helen Byers to take your realistic drawing skills to a new level, with a focus on fall. Helen’s in-depth demonstrations and personalized instruction will guide you in the delights of natural-science illustration.

Drawing to scale from real specimens, we will practice detailed graphite and colored pencil techniques on paper to achieve accurate proportions, tones, and textures. Seedpod, vegetable, leaf, moth, stone…:  an inspiring array of subjects will be provided (and you may bring or find your own).  This is an intermediate level course (some drawing experience required). To see Helen’s work and slideshows from her courses, visit helenbyers.com and www.facebook.com/helenbyersart

“Helen is one of the best drawing instructors I have ever had. I learned more in one 2-day workshop with her than I did in a semester of Drawing in college.”

“Your class is the best thing I’ve ever done as an artist to learn more and be inspired. Honest. Best class ever.”

“Great experience—fabulous instructor.”

Schedule at a Glance:

Sunday, Sept 18:
3:00            Check-in time
5:30-6:30    Dinner
Time TBD   Orientation
Monday–Friday, Sept 19-23:
7:30-8:30    Breakfast
9:00-12:00 Morning instruction
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-5:30    Free time (with “open studio” option; Helen will drop in)
5:30-6:30    Dinner
7:00-8:30    Guided nature walks with Helen (optional)
Saturday, Sept 24:7:30-8:30    Breakfast
10:00          Check-out time

At this time masks are optional in indoor spaces. Proof of covid vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of arrival at Ghost Ranch. Both policies are subject to change. Sample: Lodging options for 6-night workshops range from dorm-style $684 to private bath $1,074 which includes room and meals for the first person occupying the room. If you are sharing the room with a family member or trusted travel companion, the second occupant should register for their workshop separately and choose the "commuter" or "2nd+ person sharing a room option" in lieu of a lodging option. This will help ensure that all participants are included in meal counts, and placed in the correct workshop in order to receive the pertinent follow-up information.


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Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship Request

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Ghost Ranch scholarship. The typical scholarship amount is $100-350. We are able to grant more scholarships in the winter, spring and late fall seasons than we are in the summer months. 

You will receive a copy of your scholarship form after you submit it and should hear back from Ghost Ranch about your application within a 10 working days. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Robin Keck, robingk@ghostranch.org.



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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • Helen Byers
    Helen Byers

    Helen Byers is an award-winning artist, book illustrator, author, editor, and educator who has taught annually at Ghost Ranch since 2005. She has also taught at the University of California (Santa Barbara), Tower Hill Botanic Garden (MA), Santa Fe Botanical Garden, The O’Keeffe Welcome Center (Abiquiu), Concord Center for the Visual Arts (MA), Fruitlands Museums (MA), Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH), and privately. Her botanical art has shown in juried international exhibitions of the American Society of Botanical Artists & the Horticultural Society of New York, Filoli Estates (CA), and with the New England Society of Botanical Artists at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and other venues. Visit www.helenbyers.com and www.facebook.com/helenbyersart to learn more about her work.


Sep 18 - 24 2022



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