Create Art in Nature Walking Workshop - September

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Thursday September 28

10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Creating Art in Nature – Walking Workshops with Ed Kanze and Sandra Hildreth

Thursday, September 28              

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

$10 for ADKX Members, $12 for Non-Members, $25 for Non-Members workshop fee PLUS admission to exhibits


In our walking workshops, we’ll listen to Asher B. Durand’s advice to “go first to Nature to learn to paint landscape” as we explore the museum’s trails with naturalist Ed Kanze and plein air artist Sandra Hildreth. Ed and Sandra will invite participants to slow down and look closely as we dive into the natural history of the region and practice creating small observational studies. Each session will start with pencil studies and move into watercolors (or participants can continue with pencils, if preferred). During the program, we will focus on individual elements in nature rather than producing a finished landscape.

All participants will receive a nature journal for taking notes and creating their observational sketches.


Pre-registration required. Fee for program only; does not include admission to exhibits.


Ed Kanze is a naturalist, author, and Adirondack guide with more than forty years' experience leading walks in wild places. Ed has deep roots in the Adirondacks. He is the author of many books as well as a longtime nature newspaper columnist, magazine columnist, photographer, lecturer, and videographer.  He is well traveled in his 6-million-acre Adirondack Mountain backyard and has made twelve trips to New Zealand, nine to Australia, two to Europe, and one to Costa Rica.


Sandra Hildreth grew up in Wisconsin and spent much of her childhood outdoors. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Kentucky University. Sandy taught high school art for thirty-one years in northern New York. She moved to the Adirondacks after retiring and is an active member of Saranac Lake’s thriving arts community. Sandy uses both oils and watercolors and painting “en plein air” is her passion. She is a member of the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery and participates in numerous Plein Air Festivals.