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Drawing From Nature – G200925

Workshop ID: G200925
Dates: September 12 - September 18
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

Join award-winning artist Helen Byers to refine your drawing skills with a focus on nature! Plant or pollinator, feather, stone, or bone—the choice will be yours. An inspiring array of subjects will be provided. Through in-depth demonstrations, tips, and personalized instruction, participants will be guided in the delights and challenges of natural science drawing, from life and with the help of magnification and photo reference. Learn and practice illustration techniques on paper using graphite, colored pencil, and/or watercolor to achieve accurate proportions, tones, and textures. Some drawing experience helpful. To see Helen’s work and slideshows from her courses, visit her website at

Our schedule will include:
7:30-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-12:00 Morning instruction
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-5:30 Free time (to continue working semi-independently, or what you will)
5:30-6:30 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Guided nature walks with Helen

“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.”

Beach Stone (from Maine) in graphite

Owl Feather: watercolor on paper

Pyrus calleryana_c_2016_Helen_Byers


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
Helen Byers

Helen Byers is an award-winning artist and educator who has taught at Ghost Ranch since 2005. She has also taught at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (near Boston) since 2012, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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