$50 off watercolors, drumming and gardening at the ELC
A group of painters beneath Early Winters Spire in 2008; photo courtesy of Molly Hashimoto.
When two people sign up together for any of the three adult seminars taking place at the Learning Center June 12-14 — watercoloring, drumming and gardening — we’ll deduct $50 from the total registration fee. Find a friend or family member and make plans to come to the North Cascades for a fun, engaging learning adventure this summer — you don’t even need to take the same class! Offer ends June 5 and cannot be combined with other specials. Please telephone (360) 856-5700 ext. 309 to register and mention that you wish to take advantage of the $50-off-for-two discount.
Painters and the Peaks: The North Cascades in Plein Air Watercolor
Towering above the Learning Center, the banded gneiss monoliths of Colonial and Pyramid peaks cradle snowfields, reflect light and snag clouds. With Molly Hashimoto as our mentor, we’ll begin our weekend studying them and modeling their forms in watercolor. Next, we’ll travel up to the sunny side of the crest at Washington Pass to paint the soaring golden granite walls of Liberty Bell and the Early Winters spires. Back at the Learning Center, we’ll spend evenings refining our plein air work in a supportive community of artists both new and experienced. More details on Molly’s blog at www.mollyhashimoto.com.
Greening Your Garden
From our base at the Learning Center, we’ll tour three ecologically designed gardens in the scenic Upper Skagit with local grower Dave Sansone that will inspire and inform gardeners of all skill levels. Learn about the sustainable cultivation of veggies, fruits, nuts, berries, perennial salad greens, rare and superfood plants, medicinal herbs, chickens, ducks and goats. Whether you are planning your first garden or are a certified master gardener, you’ll be able to apply the lessons of this weekend to a small urban lot or country acreage and create a foodshed right out your own backdoor.
Beats: The Rhythmic Experience of the North Cascades
Celebrate the passion of music at the crossroads where drumbeats meet the peaks of the Beat poets. Join multi-instrumentalist Keenan Webster as he weaves roots music with innovative artistry and compassion at the Learning Center. Together we’ll create a diverse and vibrant musical experience inspired by jazz improvisation as Keenan guides us through the fundamentals of West African drums, balafon and Afro-Cuban drumming.