Kids Art Class on the Butte, Alaska

Last Wednesday, June 1, I led a group of energetic 6-12 year old’s on a sketching hike up the Butte trail from the Mothershead Road trail head.  These budding artists are part of the Palmer Arts Council Summer Arts Camp and were a joy to teach.  Pictured above is part of the group sitting at the summit on a sketching assignment to depict depth and distance.  Other subjects tackled on the way up and down were light and texture, patterns, perspective, color notes, and quick sketching.  The students were enthused and varied in their approaches to capture details in nature and I enjoyed sharing my knowledge with them.

Periodically we would stop to share sketches, here we are during a sketch book review after studying tree trunks, bark, patterns and limb growth in a beautiful little forest of Birch and Cottonwoods.  This was my first hike up the Butte this year, and I was clearly panting and out of shape.  Those kids kept me on my toes (literally).

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist

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