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Drawing from Nature – G190923

Workshop ID: G190923
Dates: September 8 - September 13
Price: $550.00 - $1,285.00

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Join in this exciting course to draw natural subjects in fine detail. Plant or pollinator, feather, stone, or bone—the choice will be yours. Through in-depth demonstrations and individualized instruction, Helen will guide participants in the delights (and challenges) of drawing from life as well as with magnification and photo reference. We will practice techniques on paper using graphite, colored pencil, and/or watercolor to achieve desired effects. A supplies list will be sent to registrants. Some drawing experience helpful, but not required. All levels welcome.

This workshop is part of Ghost Ranch Masters Week: Making Magic in the Magic Place

September is one of the best and brightest months to visit the Ranch! It is only fitting we offer classes this week by some of our most beloved instructors. They have not only formed and informed students, but they have also served and sustained Ghost Ranch for decades. They are thrilled to share their deep experiences in their artistic mediums and their knowledge of Ghost Ranch and its environs. Let them mentor you on your journey of learning and exploration in your own artistic expression. Whether your art is manifested on paper or canvas, in clay or on the trails, we are sure you will love the magic we create, individually and in community, this week.

Featured photo, Owl Feather: watercolor on paper, copyright Helen Byers 2013.

Owl Feather: watercolor on paper


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,285.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,225.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$995.00
Camping RV$700.00
Camping w/Electricity$670.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$550.00
Helen Byers

Helen Byers is an award-winning artist and educator who was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico and the California Bay Area. She earned graduate degrees in English at UC Santa Barbara and later


Please click here to download a PDF of the materials list: Byers Materials List

September 8 – 13
Instructor: Helen Byers

This online source offers great savings—often 40% or more:

(Allow 10 days or so.)

Also, Artisan is a good retail art supply store in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

A wide selection of drawing subjects will be supplied. However, if you have a subject you especially want to draw, feel free to bring it. (Think fruit, vegetable, shell, stone, feather, bone…etc.)

  • Sketching paper:  9” x 12” (such as Dick Blick #13650-1023, or whatever you like)
  • Tracing paper: 9” x 12”
  • Hot-press watercolor paper:
  • Arches “Aquarelle” Hot Press:  1-2 full sheets, 22” x 30”,cut into quarters,
  • OR a 9” x 12” block (Please make sure it’s “hot press”—which is smooth.)
  • Graphite pencils: 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B (Ideally, should be all same brand. I like Staedtler Mars Lumograph. A set of 12 may be most economical.)
  • Colored pencils (Please do not substitute other brands):
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos (at minimum, a set of 12) (Blick #20561-0129), and
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos #175 (Dark Sepia) (Blick #20538-8080)
  • Prismacolor Colorless Blender pencil (Blick #20508-1010)
  • 2 watercolor pointed round paint brushes, size 4 & size 1, such as Raphael Series 8504 (short handle), (Blick #09341-1004 & #09341-1001)
  • Watercolors: Daniel Smith Extra Fine Essentials (Blick #01767-1009) OR any brand, “Artist” or “Professional” quality, in 6-8 colors, such as Lemon Yellow, Gamboge Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Scarlet, Burnt Sienna, & Raw Umber
  • Small white palette or plate (for mixing paints)
  • Tombow “Mono Zero” Elastomer eraser, 2.3mm (Blick #21576-9330)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Manual pencil sharpener, such as Faber-Castell Grip Trio (Blick #21430-1004)
  • Ruler (see-through plastic)
  • Artist’s Tape
  • Water holder
  • Paper towels or a piece of cotton cloth
  • Feather or desk broom to sweep away erasures



Digital camera or tablet (very useful)

AND…don’t forget these Ghost Ranch essentials:

  • Hat
  • Dark glasses
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun screen
  • Sturdy shoes

Ghost Ranch
Drawing from Nature, September 8-13, 2019
Helen Byers, Instructor

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