Sketching Workshop at Copper Center, Alaska


My first assignment as Artist-in-Residence for the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park was to teach a workshop about sketching in the field. The sun blessed us as we walked and sketched along the bluff trail overlooking the Copper River with views of the Wrangell Mountains. We pursued three points of view; finding compositions in the distance, middle ground and up-close.


After completing numerous thumbnail sketches, the students selected the sketch they liked best and worked to complete a study in color using colored pencil. Above is well-known local clay potter Barb Tipton completing a lovely drawing of rose hips and leaves.

That evening I enjoyed showing a slide show of my 30 years of painting the Copper River Valley to guests at the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist

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