Activity note: Check in, settle in, and meet the scholars sharing your cottage or lodge. Join us for a little "meet and greet" before supper. An orientation to the week's activities will follow the meal.
Afternoon: Arrive at Palm Key's community of cottages between 4:00-5:00 pm to check in and pick up program materials. Meet your group leaders, have a brief introduction to the site, and find your cottage. Once you are settled into your room, meet the others who are sharing your cottage and enjoy a chat on the back porch. At 5:30 pm, join us at the Community Cottage for appetizers and a little gathering before dinner.
Dinner: You are probably hungry after traveling, so enjoy the first of our many sumptuous lowcountry suppers, served at 6:00 pm. The food here is often organic and always prepared on site, and our kitchen staff is happy to accommodate your dietary requirements. Our private chefs have worked to create a delicious, healthy fare with local flavor. Join other scholars at the table to compare notes about previous programs and follow up on earlier conversations. Don't miss the dessert!
Evening: After supper, it's time to talk more formally about the week's activities and fun! Join us for a short orientation as the instructors share specific plans for the week and answer any questions you have about the program, facilities, and sketch-booking plans. Share with the group your art and sketching experience, expectations, and goals for the week. We'll make it an early night, as you're probably tired from traveling, and tomorrow is a big day!!
Activity note: Be prepared for a big day! We will begin our journey into sketching by building our own sketch kits and exploring materials. Then it’s off to explore the Palm Key surrounding to the day's lessons on value, gesture and composition while also get comfortable with the materials. After supper, enjoy an interactive evening program, with more opportunity to sketch!
Breakfast: Breakfast served at 8:00 am. Fuel up on our sumptuous lowcountry breakfast--you'll have an active day! Have oatmeal, eggs; you'll find something you like. Come dressed for outdoor exploration, and don't forget to prepare your bag lunch from the delectable variety of options provided. Put an extra snack in your pocket in case you get the mid-morning munchies.
Morning: We’ll begin our day getting comfortable with the materials by building a unique travel sketching box. Discussing the water brush and colors and learning to hand bind our own sketchbooks. We will also look at a variety of sketching artist to develop a sense of the broad range of styles and techniques used. We will also look at variety of flickr and facebook sketching groups for sharing and getting involved in this world wide movement.
Lunch: Lunch is out and about today; we'll find a place to pull over if we can and enjoy those delicious sandwiches and treats we prepared at breakfast. Hold out a snack for later-- your lunch calories might need reinforcement through the afternoon.
Afternoon: After lunch we will discuss composition, the grid/overlap and value blocking, ( a method of simply organizing value into pattern of light and dark) In the afternoon we will spend time exploring our Palm Key surroundings and practicing the skills explored and that we will work to expand upon through the rest of the week. In this walking tour near classrooms we will work in Mini sketch books quick walking gesture.Before dinner we will continue to work in these mini books to fill in color local color and further our comfort level with watercolor and water brush we will use through the week.
Dinner: Back on site and cleaned up, enjoy a glass of iced tea along with your leisurely lowcountry dinner, served at 6:30 pm. The menu’s created to please us, and it always does. Tonight, what’s for supper? Will it be Chicken Bog? Or black-eyed peas and collard greens? Always check out what's at the end of the buffet, so you can save room for what's to come.
Evening: We will take time time to look at everyone's sketches for the day, with a brief wrap up discussion, more sketching will be encouraged during our evening discussion Topics for presentations may include Port Royal Sound and Estuaries, Why Knot? Shore Birds of the Lowcountry, The Haunted South, A Prowl with the Owls, Sweetgrass Baskets, Camping by Kayak, Legends and Fairy Tales of the Lowcountry, and more.
Activity note: Be prepared for an active day! Ahead of us, we've more opportunities for Sketching-and sightseeing--in the beautiful South Carolina lowcountry. Bring money with you on our outing today, in case you find a souvenir you can't live without! We will begin with some basic drawing tips on measure and proportion and whats called intuitive perspective. We will travel to nearby Yemasse South Carolina, the ruins of pre civil war church and meet the proprietor small Southern liquor still “lucky duck”.
Breakfast: Start the morning out right with a delicious lowcountry breakfast at 8:00 am. Is today the day you'll try grits? Or is oatmeal more your style? Choices abound, but be sure to fill your plate: you'll need energy for today's paddle! And don't forget, you'll want to pack your lunch before going back to your cottage to make your final preparations for the day. Save out a snack for later in the morning.
Morning: After breakfast we will take time to develop our methods of paint application, emphasizing a three stage method. We will also explore color mixing and I'll show a simple way to create complex harmonious color called the soup method. We will explore the surrounding marsh and coastal area to further practice these new skills
Lunch: Once again, we'll picnic while on our paddle. We can chat about our paddling and rest up a bit while enjoying our sandwiches, trail mix, and fruit. Keep out a snack for extra fuel during the afternoon.
Afternoon: After lunch and discussion and of morning sketches a review of this mornings learned skills we will head back out to capture the early evening light over the marsh and broad river By small private island called Margaret’s island.
Dinner: At 6:30, we'll meet once again for another lovely lowcountry meal. Swap stories about the day's adventures with your table-mates. Of course you’ll have a lovely green salad, but what else is on the menu? Maybe Hoppin’ John? Look for the delicious Lemonade Pie on the dessert table. It won’t matter what we have--it’s all good!
Evening: This evening, join us our special program. The LifeTides Institute is known for its engaging presenters and interesting evening activities. We try to provide a sampling of programs to please every taste.
Activity note: Today we have a slow but intense morning exploring linear perspective, the fun way! Then head into downtown Beaufort to peek in the galleries shops and explore the beautiful plantation houses meandering board walk and boat docks. With lots of opportunities to sketch!
Breakfast: What will it be this morning? Ham and eggs? Homemade bread? Or maybe a bowl of fruit? Every day, you can have something different. But don't be late: breakfast begins at 8:00, and we have a busy day ahead! Allow time to prepare your bag lunch before making final preparations for a big day. Save a snack out for later.
Morning: This is a special day, while the topic might sound difficult, we know how to make it fun and easy! This morning after enjoying a slow breakfast we will practice linear perspective and take our time to review any ideas concepts or questions people might have.
Lunch: Once again, we enjoy a bag lunch. Sample the variety--peanut butter, turkey, black bean wraps, veggies, fruit, and of course a delicious cookie. You’ve earned it! Be sure to save out a snack for later.
Afternoon: We will head to downtown Beaufort for lunch and more sketching activities exploring the beautiful plantation houses meandering boardwalk and boat docks. We can also peek in all the shops and galleries to pick up souvenirs.
Dinner: Will it be barbeque chicken with rice, or salmon with black-eyed pea salad? Whatever the menu, you're going to enjoy our delicious supper at 6:30 pm. You'll find special delights no matter where you look!
Evening: You don't want to miss our engaging evening program. We pride ourselves in keeping you awake till bedtime!
Activity note: After breakfast and morning sketches we will discuss and look at ways of drawing people simply and quickly. After lunch we will make our way back Downtown Beaufort to practice drawing people in action around town. Spending some time drawing inside while visiting some of the local stores for shopping and take a tour of historic homes in the area.
Breakfast: As always, be sure to fuel up with a delicious lowcountry breakfast, beginning at 8:00 am. Whether you are trying grits for the first time or slathering jelly on enormous biscuits, you'll be happy you woke up in time for this meal. Don't forget to pack your bag lunch--and save out a snack for the morning!
Morning: The morning brings an opportunity for more sketching of the surrounding lowcountry. We will discuss and look at ways of drawing people simply and quickly.
Lunch: We’ll gather for a picnic on our outing today, fueling up for our expedition. What treats did you stow in your bag lunch today? Have you tried the homemade hummus?
Afternoon: After lunch we will make our way back Downton Beaufort to practice drawing people in action around town. Spending some time drawing inside while visiting some of the local stores for shopping and take a tour of historic homes in the area.
Dinner: This delicious lowcountry dinner will be one to remember! Enjoy local oysters as an appetizer, and learn how to shuck them from people who know how. Meanwhile, the kitchen crew is preparing something extra-tasty in the kitchen. During supper, we can share our stories of the day and swap email addresses with new friends.
Evening: After dinner, you won’t want to miss the wrap-up party. This is our last evening, and we can’t let it go by without doing something special. Everyone will find something to enjoy as we share sketches from the week and discuss the program and ways to help you sketching when you go home. Perhaps we'll plan to meet here again sometime. You don’t want to miss the party--but to tell you more right now would be to spoil it!
Activity note: Today we say good-bye to new friends and sketch crawl partners. But perhaps we'll say "see you soon, or see you next time!" Scholars often return to see us and bring their friends, and we hope you will do the same. Please turn in your name tags and lanyards before you leave us, so we can use the materials again. Thanks so much for joining us for Lowcountry Sketching!
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00, and your last chance for grits! If you haven’t tried them yet, you just have to have some today. And yes, you’ll find the usual delectable buffet of eggs, bacon or ham, fruit, delicious bread, oatmeal, cereal—whatever your stomach desires! You’ll want to eat hardily, as today you will be packing up and leaving us for wherever your road takes you.
Morning: This morning, after telling parting stories, asking questions, issuing invitations, or listening to one more joke from you-know-who, it’s off to pack up and prepare for departure. We hope you’ll stay in the area and do some more exploring—and/or kayaking--ask the staff for recommendations and directions. We’d love to share more of South Carolina and the lowcountry with you!