Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbook Workshop

May 20-25, 2017 (Four Teaching Days)

Artist Pam Luer’s Nature Sketchbook Workshop “is a class designed for artists who never lost their childhood desire to go play outside,” explains Pam. “And Dillman’s is the perfect place to reconnect with nature through art making.”

On day one, you’ll venture from the studio to explore the images, objects and ideas that inspire from the footpaths surrounding the resort. Then, both out in nature and back in the studio, Pam will introduce students to an assortment of drawing techniques and sketchbook materials.

“Sketchbooks are a perfect way to approach your art without the pressure of completing a finished work of art,” says Pam. “When I’m working in my sketchbooks, I find there’s less pressure to ‘make perfect.’” Instead, she says, “we’re all out here to experiment, to grow artistically and to see the beauty of nature in a whole new light.”

Pam also feels working in sketchbooks helps preserve one’s hunting and gathering skills. That’s why students spend most of their time outdoors with a sketchbook and small collection of tools, hunting for inspiration while gathering observational skills.

“My goal is to give us the time we need to settle down and reconnect with the natural world,” Pam adds. “Having a sketchbook and a small handful of drawing tools helps us slow down and really ‘see’ that branch, flower or vista. Many of my students mention a surprise meditative gift that comes from this practice of quiet observation. It’s really very peaceful.”

Join Pam on this adventure of seeing and capturing the wild world of Northern Wisconsin in a new, active and rejuvenating way. This class is designed for artists with some previous drawing experience. Includes some light hiking.

Topics Covered:

  • Observation and drawing from life.
  • Design and composition.
  • The importance of experimenting with different materials.
  • Creating new habits of resourcing for future work.
  • Building a sketchbook practice while reconnecting to nature.
  • Become reacquainted with your drawing skills.

Great art picks up where nature ends.” -Marc Chagall

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Pam Luer’s work usually includes organic elements as a focal point or anchor, such as, flowers, branches, leaves, or shells, while the backgrounds evolve from a series of colorful grids and patterns intertwined with the main subject. The organic elements, and abstract patterns support and engage each other through balance, tension, repetitive patterns and color. The relationship is one that moves from detailed order to colorful chaos, much like nature itself.

Architects for numerous restaurants have commissioned Pam’s paintings of large-scale fruits and vegetables, created with pastels and house paint on artist-quality sandpaper. You’ll find some of her licensed designs on product, such as rugs, dinnerware, textiles and prints.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Pam arrived in Minneapolis, MN, in her late twenties after a four-year hiatus in Sonoma County, CA, where she worked as a graphic designer. Pam completed her Bachelor of Fine Art degree, with an emphasis in painting, from the University of MN, which included three months in Greece. Pam has an associate degree in graphic design from Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI.

She ‘s been an executive board of Friends of the Arts in St Louis Park, MN, and the founder of a public book club for artists called the Twin Cities Artful Book Club. Pam conducts Nature Sketchbook workshops for artists throughout the country at various resorts, nature centers, art colonies, parks and wineries.

This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop for Intermediate Students.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: 
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $365
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $375
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $395
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary




Workshop Itinerary

For this week, the arrival date is Saturday, not our normal Sunday.

Saturday, 5/20
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 5/21-5/24
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own or Box Lunches can be ordered (pre-order required)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Wednesday, 5/24
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Thursday, 5/25
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Sunday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Monday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner


Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.