“It is only through the most sensitive and deepest understanding of everything an artist sees and studies, that he can ever hope to unite materials, nature and art through his personal creative powers. Only then can those elements possibly fuse in the live furnace of his heart and mind.” M. Wildenhain
Marguerite Wildenhain taught her students to be responsive to nature, understanding form and design from keen observations. They drew to discover the essential qualities of the subjects, drawing those that sparked their response. In this drawing session, we will focus on ways to see into nature and translate the qualities you discover into drawings with emphasis of line, shapes, and contrasts: to stimulate your ability to “form with feeling.”
This workshop is being presented by two artists and instructors, Natalie Robb Wilder and Susan McKinney.
Natalie Robb-Wilder, M.A. UC Davis, is recently retired from a long career teaching art at Santa Rosa Junior College, as well as classes at California College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute and UC Davis. Natalie is helping Pond Farm Pottery visitors understand how Marguerite Wildenhain’s devotion to craft formed a foundation for “the opening of the soul and mind” of her students.
Susan McKinney is a contemporary ceramic artist. An accomplished industrial designer with a strong background in color, material and finish (CMF), Susan began exploring the materiality of clay in 2008. She is inspired by the anomalies and wonders in nature, and so naturally connected to the values of Marguerite Wildenhain and hopes to inspire others to look and see into nature.
Workshop fee includes all materials and supplies needed.
Please arrive no later than 12:45 pm.
Participants will meet at the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods office/Volunteer Center which is located to the right beyond the picnic area in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. You will carpool up the hill to Pond Farm Pottery, which is located in Austin Creek State Recreation Area, about 1 mile away.
Reservations are required and non-refundable with less than 48 hours notice.