An Education of Arid Places Aug. 19-23


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Cost: $325 (lodging not included)
Dates: August 19-23, 2021

Instructor: Diana Six

This workshop is a hybrid workshop/residency approach with guided field experiences in the morning led by Diana Six, Professor of Forest Entomology/Pathology, followed by afternoons of open studio time to creatively interpret and respond to what you experienced in the medium of your choice. These lessons of landscape and nature will help deepen the artist’s perspective and help inform works rooted in examining nature and ecological forces. Field experiences will include learning about the Great Basin, exploring the playa and its shores, looking at patterns on the landscape and the forces that shape them, and learn more about geology and humans on the landscape.. The first morning will be on Summer Lake, freshwater to alkaline dry lake (on Playa campus as well as wildlife refuge). The second will be up in the forests above Paisley to see the effects of disturbance/climate change (bark beetles and fire), and the third morning will be visits to petroglyph pass and Christmas Valley for human and geologic influences.

PLAYA’s studios and campus will be open for participants to interpret and respond to their morning experiences as they create within community. Exploring the medium of their choice, whether it be plein air painting on the PLAYA, writing from the deck of the commons, water based printmaking in Sandhill studio, photographing birds from the various trails, or painting in avocet studio, each participant will have time to work on independent projects.
Evenings are open for interested individuals to enjoy walks, the night sky, night bird calls, or continue creating in the open studios.

This workshop starts Thursday evening with a socially distanced, communal dinner. Lunch will be provided Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Monday a continental breakfast will be offered along with an opportunity for a group share/critique led by the instructor with the workshop ending by noon. All other meals are on your own. A workshop syllabus will be shared with participants 3 weeks before workshop start date.

Click HERE to view available cabin rental packages for this workshop.

Recommended equipment to bring:

  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • water bottle(s)
  • binoculars
  • hiking poles (if you use them)
  • hiking shoes
  • clothes for layering 9cab be hot in the day, cold at night)
  • notebook or sketchbook to capture images and notes during field excursions
  • laptop for writers
  • preferred art supplies for self-directed art exploration
  • please note- studios and printing presses will be available to participants but you must bring any and all materials you want to work with during the afternoon open studio portion of this workshop

Instructor Bio:
Diana Six, PhD, is a professor of forest entomology and mycology at the University of Montana, Missoula. She studies forest ecosystems from microbial to landscape levels using ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Her research focuses mainly on bark beetles and their interactions with fungi, forests, and climate change, and her research sites span western North America, Germany, and southern Africa. Her love of arid landscapes began as a child on weekend desert camping trips and continues unabated. She enjoys using painting and collage to engage the public with nature.

COVID Safety:
PLAYA is doing all it can to keep its guests and staff safe with COVID. PLAYA is naturally spacious which easily allows guests to follow 6’ distancing guidelines. Sanitation procedures will be strictly followed and programming will be conducted outdoors as much as possible. Masks will be required for any indoor programming with 6’ distances between participants. Some indoor spaces on campus may be closed to visitors.

Please note, PLAYA does not have a restaurant or store to purchase additional meals. There is a small convenience store and restaurant in both Summer Lake 11 miles north and in Paisley 17 miles south