Plein Air Drawing at the Cabin – Open Studio

3-hour open studio workshops 3 – 6 pm on Sunday July 17th


  • Bring the media of your choice and receive individualized instructional support

  • Nature Immersion, and exploration

  • Teens are welcome with parent present

  • Bring a dish to share for an after-class potluck picnic!

small wooden cabin with screen-in porch on grassy hill with bright sun and blue sky

We must teach people to love the earth; before we can ask them to save it. ~Rachel Carson

This workshop will be held at Pontiac Lakes State Recreational area. We have a small cabin reserved, with a wonderful screened-in porch, just in case of inclement weather. There is electricity, heating, and cooling but no running water in the cabin. We have access to the campground’s modern restrooms. Please plan to spend time outdoors making art, and exploring this beautiful state park.

The goal of this retreat is to help you relax, slow down and nourish your body, mind, and spirit with the gifts offered by Mother Earth and the Arts. No artistic experience is required

Art-making inspiration can come not only from natural patterns, animals, plants, meandering rivers, the wind, and rain, but we can also shift our attention to feel into nature. That way we simultaneously animate our own expression as we deepen our presence and thus intimacy with the living world. You could say we learn and create with Earth. We also impersonate the way nature creates by being in the moment, playful, spontaneous, and following what attracts. This builds empathy and belonging. We create with our hearts. In sum, we make art simultaneously with the living world and the deepest wild parts of ourselves.

What to bring:

  • Art supplies of your choice
  • An outdoor chair
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing
  • Water bottle and/or snacks
  • An open mind
  • A dish to pass at the end of class (optional)

What not to bring:

  • Your inner critic
  • Pets

Sasha will provide support and instruction in landscape techniques or support with any project you are working on and a suggested materials list upon request.