Hike & Draw, Seattle

Photo © Andrei Koslov

Capturing an inspiring natural scene with the click of the shutter, whether with a camera or smart phone, is second nature to a lot of hikers. But capturing the scene on a sketchpad? Now that’s a new experience for most of us.

In August, Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art will conduct its first ever Hike and Draw classes taught by teaching artist Sarah Bixler. The one-day classes will focus on the discipline of observation and practicing sketching the scene you see. Drawing on the trail from observation, especially in the woods, brings a special set of challenges. The class will bring awareness to the many layers of visual information present in the lush Pacific Northwest forest.

On Wednesday, August 5, the class will take place in Seattle’s 534-acre Discovery Park with nearly 12 miles of trails.

On Wednesday, August 22, the class travels to Lake 22, an alpine lake in the Cascade Range, with its 5.5-mile out-and-back trail.

Both classes take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and include ample time for quiet reflection, instruction and practice. To register for this unique experience and view the list of necessary supplies, go to Gage Academy’s website at gageacademy.org or call 206-323-4243.