In-Person Class: Earth Day Nature Sketching in the Garden

  • Monday, April 22
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM MT
  • 217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Weather permitting. Space is limited, registration required. Please email [email protected] or call 505.946.1000 for assistance with event registration.

Join us this Earth Day for a relaxing session of nature sketching in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Research Center Garden.

Class will begin in front of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, where participants will join instructor Sudeshna Sengupta for a short walk through the exhibition “Rooted in Place” to gather inspiration from O’Keeffe works that explore the subject of trees. Then, the group will walk to the Research Center Garden to begin the hands-on portion of the class. 

In the Research Center Garden, Sudeshna will demonstrate how to capture trees, dry twigs, leaves, seedpods, and buds using nature-sketching tools like watercolor pencils, graphite pencils, sketch pens, and an additional option of added watercolor washes. After receiving direction in a variety of styles and techniques, participants will explore creating their own nature sketches with plenty of opportunity for more individual guidance from the instructor.

All supplies and drinking water will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks. 

Registration (all supplies are included) | Members $35/Non-members $45

Note that all program times are in Mountain Time.

This class is suitable for youth ages 12 and up. Children are welcome to participate alongside their adults.

Space is limited, reservations required. Please email [email protected] or call 505.946.1000 for assistance with event registration.

Weather permitting, this program will begin at the Museum and then take place at the Research Center Garden, 123 Grant Ave & 135 Grant Ave, Santa Fe, NM. Registrants will be notified 24 hours in advance if the lesson is to be canceled.

About the Instructor:

Sudeshna Sengupta’s career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy for decolonizing studio art. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1985 from Visva-Bharati, an international university founded in India, by the humanist poet Tagore, the first non-European Nobel Laureate (1913). After teaching art and design at the college level in New Delhi, Seattle, and California, she taught at NMSU-Alamogordo, where she established its first intaglio printmaking studio in 1995. Since moving to Santa Fe, she has been teaching credit courses in online studio art at the Santa Fe Community College. She also conducts workshops and short courses and presents lectures and community-based art events for various age groups with civic, cultural, and community organizations in the US and in India, often with a focus on multicultural and inter-cultural experiences that emphasize human, cultural, and environmental connectedness through creativity. To see her art please visit: 

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