Field Sketching, Willow Springs Preserve

This is a 2-day workshop!

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and botanical illustrator Rebecca Brown-Thompson for a two-day workshop on field sketching. We will spend the first day in the studio honing basic sketching techniques valuable for all forms of sketching. Train your eye to see negative spaces, shapes, proportion, perspective, and tones. Learn flora and fauna drawing tips and how to draw what you see, not what you think you see. The second day will be spent at Willow Springs Preserve practicing and expanding on what we learned on Saturday as well as developing skills and style in documenting insights on nature. This two-day workshop is open to adults of all skill levels. Both days will run from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: The first day will be indoors and the second day will be an easy 1-2 mile hike along old roads and through a grassy meadow at Willow Springs Preserve.

    Route: This hike will start at the Willow Springs Preserve entrance and follow dirt access roads. We will also venture off-trail into the meadow. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Sketching supplies (list will be provided), snacks/lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Deschutes Land Trust acquired and protected the 130 acre Willow Springs Preserve in 2017. The Preserve includes one mile of Whychus Creek, creekside meadows, aspen and cottonwood stands, and rimrock cliffs. The Preserve is located outside of Sisters, Oregon and is home to a host of wildlife species including salmon and steelhead, mule deer, rocky mountain elk, raptors, and numerous songbirds.