Plein Air Drawing at Circle Creek

April 28, 2017

When: Sunday, Aug. 6, 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: Circle Creek Conservation Center, Seaside
Led by: Dorota Haber-Lehigh


Circle Creek is one of North Coast Land Conservancy’s largest habitat reserves. It encompasses many different types of habitat, from Sitka spruce swamp to former pasture now dotted with native plants that are helping to slowly turn the floodplain back into a rainforest. In the background, Tillamook Head looms. There is so much here to see—and so much to draw! Enjoy an afternoon of low-stress drawing in the outdoors—en plein air—with artist, naturalist, and educator Dorota Haber-Lehigh. Should the weather take a turn, participants can retreat to the big barn at Circle Creek to continue drawing. No drawing experience is necessary.


DOROTA HABER-LEHIGH loves gardening, hiking, field sketching, mushroom hunting, and botanical drawing. Her passion is drawing native plants and discovering their edibility, medicinal use, and ecological connection. She is drawn into the sculptural and architectural wonder of plants as well as their ephemeral beauty throughout all seasons. She authored two ethnobotanical coloring books, ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal Pacific Northwest and Native Berries of the Coastal Pacific Northwest. She enjoys teaching English as a second language and art of ethnobotany at Seaside High School and botanical drawing at various community centers.


Outing info: Be prepared to walk short distances on uneven land. No toilets on site. No dogs allowed on site.

What to bring: Water, snacks, and camping chair as well as the following basic drawing supplies: sketchbook of your choice (or paper with a clipboard and extra clips, in case it’s windy) and graphite pencil HB or 2B. If you are familiar with other media such as pen and ink, watercolor pencils, or pencils, please bring them as well. If you like journaling or sketching with a pen, Dorota recommends Pigma Micron 01 or 03. Bring a magnifying glass if you have one. There will be some basic supplies provided if you happen to forget.

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