Welcome to the Pleasanton Art League!
PAL & LAA General Meeting
January 9, 2017, 7:30 pm, at the Cultural Arts Building, 4455 Black Ave., Pleasanton
Naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws is in love with the natural
world and has lived his life sharing this passion with others. He is trained as a wildlife biologist and is a Research Associate of the California Academy of Sciences and has taught nature education teachers since 1984 in California, Wyoming, and Alaska.
We live in a world of beauty and wonder. Train your mind to see deeply and with intentional curiosity, and the world will open before you. Keeping a journal of observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop gratitude, reverence, and the skills of a naturalist. The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences. You can learn to do this. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These are skills you will develop as you go. The time to begin is now.
For our January demonstration, John will concentrate on how to construct foreshortened flower petals. John teaches you to draw what you see, not what you think you see. On his website, www.johnmuirlaws.com/drawing-plants, is a video which will show you what he means. Workshops with him are fun and uplifting! Come join us as we learn from one of the best teachers and writers in nature journaling!
Bothwell Arts Center
2466 8th Street
Cultural Arts Building
4455 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
New PAL Presidents Message:
Welcome to 2017. I know this will be a great year for Art and Artists in the Tri-Valley. It will be my pleasure to serve as your PAL President as well as your co-chair for PAL Workshops (by the way check out the information in this Portfolio about the Dale Laitinen two day Watercolor Workshop).
If you do not know me, let me tell you a little bit about who I am. I am a working artist. I was a teacher for 35 years in Fremont, California. I taught Fine Arts, Black & White Photography and Digital Imaging at the Junior High and High School levels. I also taught Calligraphy and Interior Design at the Adult level and have juried Art Shows for the Brentwood Art Association and for the Haggin Museum in Stockton.
I majored in art at the California College of the Arts (California College of Arts and Crafts) in Oakland, California; where I studied drawing with Bay Area artist, Roy De Forest. I also studied at The Academy of Art University, in San Francisco, California. I received my Bachelors Degree in Art and my Teaching Credential from California University East Bay. I studied painting with Pop Artists Mel Ramos, and Corbin Lapell; ceramics with Clayton Bailey; and sculpture with James Black, at California University East Bay.
I look forward to an exciting time serving you as your PAL President, and I look forward to meeting all of you and perhaps presenting you with an Award at one of our many shows.