In the Field: Exhibition Tour and Outdoor Sketch Class

Saturday Sep 15 2012   1:00 PM
The David Brower Center  2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA  map

Laura Cunningham, author of A State of Change, will lead an exhibition tour and outdoor sketch class. Begin in the Hazel Wolf Gallery to learn about Cunningham’s work. Then travel to Tilden Park to learn how to observe and sketch nature in the field, studying the methods of traditional oil painters and using modern techniques of scientific illustration to visually reconstruct landscapes from the past. Discover clues to natural history – native bunchgrasses, birds, signs of deer – and how landforms have changed in the last 200 years. Then record your own observations in notes and sketches.

Free and open to the public, but pace is limited to 20 people and RSVP required to or (510) 809-0900 ext. 116; for more information visit

Laura CunninghamLaura Cunningham, an artist and naturalist, studied paleontology and biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at various field biology jobs for the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other organizations, getting to know such species as the Owens Valley pupfish, the southern California steelhead trout, the Yosemite toad, and the Panamint alligator lizard. Simultaneously, she has been studying and painting California’s historic and living wildlife, flora, and unique landscapes. She lives near Death Valley National Park, where she cofounded the group Basin and Range Watch to explore the historical ecology of the desert ecosystems of California and Nevada, and to protect them. Visit her blog at

Photo by Kevin Emmerich