Nature is an inspiration for art in its many forms, and Phinizy Center is now offering opportunities for you to experience nature through art right here at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park! Join our experienced instructors to capture art in different forms while enjoying Phinizy’s beautiful landscapes, plants and wildlife in these upcoming classes and workshops: Nature PrintingPlein Air Oil Painting, and Drawing Patterns from Nature.

Nature Printing Workshops

Grape Leaves Nature Print by John Doughty

$50 per person ($40 Friends of Phinizy)
Join Master Nature Printer and teacher John Doughty for these one day adult workshops to learn nature printing using plants. Nature printing is done by applying ink to the surface of a natural object like a plant leaf and then pressing it onto another surface to leave an exact inked image of the leaf or object.  The process is easy and fun, and no prior experience is needed – the art is already in the plants! All materials are provided. Old clothes or an apron is suggested as the inks are permanent. Please bring a sack lunch with you. There will be a half hour break for lunch. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Nature Printing on Paper
Saturday, June 18th, 9 AM – 3 PM

Nature Printing on Fabric
Saturday, July 16th, 9 AM – 3 PM
(Cloth and a tote bag are included. Participants can also print their own tee shirt if they desire.)

Register online at the bottom of this page or by calling 706-396-1427. (There is a 5 person minimum for this class. Only 12 spaces are available per class – register early!)

Plein Air Oil Painting

"Painting Phinizy" by Kayla Rayburn, Finalist - Student Scenic
“Painting Phinizy” by Kayla Rayburn, Finalist – Student Scenic

$120 per person / $100 for Friends of Phinizy
Wednesdays, July 20 – August 10
9:00 AM – Noon

Well known teacher and painter, Dick Dunlap, will be the instructor for a four week Plein Air (in the open air), oil on canvas painting course. This small, intimate class will be made up of only eight students so that Dick will have an opportunity to work individually with each participant. You will learn the techniques used to interpret a scene; how to establish a focal point; work in changing light; and apply paint using color, temperature and value effectively. Students may be beginners or advanced painters who wish to sharpen their skills. The class will take place in the outdoor education classroom on the main boardwalk. This class is being held in collaboration with the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

Students are asked to bring their own supplies. (See supply list here: Plein Air Supply List) Class size is limited to 8 students.

Register online at the bottom of this page or by calling 706-396-1427.

Drawing Patterns from Nature

Jay Jacobs 2$90 per person / $80 for Friends of Phinizy (Cost includes both sessions and all needed materials.)
Class Dates: July 9th and August 13th, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Lead by local artist Jay Jacobs, this class is appropriate for the beginner and for those who want to brush up on their skills or to look at Phinizy in a new way through their art.

The first of the two sessions will focus on recognizing patterns in nature.  You will receive instruction in the process of taking the patterns that the eye sees and then drawing that in a sketchbook with the idea that your observational sketches will later be used as subject matter for paintings. We will be walking the trails of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and then stopping in specific locations to talk about drawing techniques and how you choose your subject matter and then allowing time to sketch.  You will then have time to practice the techniques you’ve learned over the next month.  The second session will have participants revisiting trails with drawing and sketch books for the first part of the session and then finding their way to the classroom to work on extracting imagery from their sketchbooks to apply to canvas.

Age: 16 years through adults

Register by calling 706-396-1427.

General Nature Photography Workshop

1h7U3Xw$10 per person / $5 for Friends of Phinizy
See Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in a brand new way with this workshop on basic nature photography taught by Ed Belinski, covering the use of digital cameras. The workshop will discuss camera techniques for the three genres of nature photography: scenic, wildlife, and close-ups (flowers and insects).

The morning’s activities will begin in the Education Classroom at the Nature Park’s main campus. Guests will begin the morning with an interactive presentation on nature photography and how to capture nature scenes with their digital cameras. Following the presentation, a guided walk along the Park’s boardwalk will give participants picture-taking opportunities along with a chance to practice their new skills.

Bring any photography equipment you already have. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable old shoes (It may get muddy). Bring water and avoid wearing scents, such as perfume, hairspray, lotion, etc. Restrooms are available. Class size is limited to 15.

Next Dates to be Announced 

*** In case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, the event will be cancelled. If
cancelled, you can transfer the registration fee to a future tour, donate the fee to Phinizy Center, or receive a refund. ***