Molly Hashimoto – The Artist’s Journal: Sketching the Seasons of the Wild, Spring Edition (Online); Tuesdays, May 21-June 4, 2024

Class Date: Tuesdays, May 21 & 28, 2024
Class Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time/1:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-9:00 PM London Time
Critique Session: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Critique Session Time: 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time/1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-7:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Watercolor, pen and wash, watercolor pencils

Create studies of springtime beauties, incorporating your visits to local parks and gardens as well as travels further afield to national parks and wildlife refuges. We’ll use watercolor, pen and wash and watercolor pencils. Some of our sketches will be very loose, and other work can be developed into more detailed studies.  We’ll also paint larger landscapes, with a similar approach—quick applications of pencil and wash, and more fully realized outdoor landscapes.  We will address important concerns like: What makes a good subject? How to compose a landscape sketch? What to include, what to leave out? Which medium is most suited for a particular subject? How to use resources in addition to your own photos and  plein air sketches?  Handouts will be available before class begins to help you answer these questions.

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Seattle resident Molly Hashimoto‘s paintings and prints have been published for over 30 years as notecards, holiday cards, calendars and children’s books by Pomegranate Communications. Her block prints have been published in many calendars and notecard collections. New cards and a puzzle, plus calendars for 2025 will be released in 2024.

Molly’s book Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette, was released in September 2017 by Skipstone Press, an imprint of Mountaineers Books. Mountaineers Books has since added new titles: Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide and Mt. Rainier National Park: An Artist’s Tour., plus the latest release: Trees of the West: An Artist’s Guide. Molly’s work has been exhibited at the White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon, the Michael Pierce Gallery in Seattle and the Whatcom Museum of Art in Bellingham, Washington. In 2004, her painting Lewis and Clark Trail: Missouri River won First Prize in the Shoreline Arts Festival, Seattle, Washington. In 2004, her paintings were on exhibit in St. Charles, Missouri at the Foundry Art Centre’s inaugural show The Adventure Begins, a signature event commemorating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Her painting, A Range of Lofty Mountains, won an Award of Merit. She exhibited in a solo show at the National Parks Conservation Association gallery in Seattle in 2008: North Cascades: Mountains of Change. Her work was included in Confluence: Artists of the North Cascades in 2009 at the Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, Washington. Her paintings were shown at the 2009, 2010, and 2017 Sitka Art Invitational in Portland, Oregon. She displayed her work at the Seattle Audubon Center at Seward Park in 2013 and 2022, and has annually exhibited her work in solo shows at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture, most recently in 2023. In 2014, she was interviewed in the book The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, by William Dietrich, (interviews by Christian Martin), published by Braided River, an imprint of the Mountaineers Books.

About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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