Pam Luer

Field Sketching & Nature Sketchbook

August 18-23, 2019 (Four Teaching Days)

This workshop is designed for artists or naturalists of all skill levels who never lost their childhood love to “go play outside.” Looking closely at nature through both a naturalist’s and an artist’s eye, participants will learn about, and become inspired by, the lush lake property at Dillman’s Bay Resort. Participants will begin their day indoors with presentations and demonstrations. After that, we’ll lace up our walking shoes and head out for an opportunity to explore the shores of Dillman’s Bay Resort.

No matter the weather conditions, you’ll have ample time to work in your sketchbook. Pam will provide significant one-on-one attention to help you hone your talents and enrich your experience. On Wednesday morning, naturalist Anne Small will be our guest. She will introduce us to some of the fascinating mysteries of the natural world from northern Wisconsin. Pam will help you preserve the beautiful specimens with assorted drawing techniques using different sketchbook materials. We will be drawing from life. That’s what this class is all about, learning how to draw what’s in front of you. Students will not work from photos or their imagination. If we want to draw better, we must see better. It takes more time to draw from life. But slowing down and being still in the environment is how we get inspired and become better artists.

Join Pam and her guest, Anne, on this adventure of seeing and capturing the wild world of Northern Wisconsin in a new, active way. Anne will be with the class Wednesday morning, to help bring us closer to the wisdom of our environment.

Topics Covered:

  • 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.
  • Observation: Seeing better helps you draw better.
  • Learn about fauna from this part of the country.
  • Your studio is your garden, your travels, your sketchbook.
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Materials/Requirements: No materials are provided. You can request a basic materials list upon enrollment. This class is for adults of all skill levels. We will be doing some light hiking and exploring outdoors. The world is our studio. Keep you kit light and you’ll go far.

Pam Luer has been a working artist for nearly 20 years. Her passion for teaching and being outdoors is the driving force behind her workshops. Pam’s Nature Sketchbook Workshops have been popular at resorts, nature centers, arboretums and art colonies. Pam’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 moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 Minnesota, which included three months in Greece. Pam’s experience includes past Executive Board Member of Friends of the Arts in St Louis Park, MN, 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, and botanical gardens. Pam has a Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Mn,with a focus in Drawing and Painting.

Pam Luer at Dillman's (Mary) August 2018 from Gary B.

Pam Luer at Dillmans (Karen) 2018 from Gary B.

Pam Luer at Dillman's (Connie) from Gary B.

Denny & Sue of Dillman's talk about Pam Luer from Gary B.

"Sketchbooks are a perfect way to approach your art without the pressure of completing a finished work of art. When I’m working in my sketchbooks, I find there’s less pressure to ‘make it perfect.' We’re all out here to experiment, to grow artistically and to see the beauty of nature in a whole new light. My goal is to give you the time you need to settle down and reconnect with the natural world. Having a sketchbook and a small handful of drawing tools helps you 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." - Pam

Anne Small earned her Master's in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, with an emphasis on peatland studies. She has worked as a naturalist and natural resources technician for the WDNR and is the coordinator for the Northstate Mycological Club. She currently homeschools her son and does a variety of volunteer work sharing the wonders of the natural world with others.

This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

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: $400
(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

Sunday, 8/18
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)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 8/19-8/22
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 8/22
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 8/23
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Sunday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

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

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

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.