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  • Pastels and Natural Light
    lighting and color at Pixar for the last 14 years and has given lectures on design for film at museums and universities around the world Class Schedule For those staying at the Field Campus plan to arrive on Sunday to settle in to your accommodations We can get acquainted that evening during and after dinner Class proper begins the following morning at 8 30 AM Class ends mid day on Friday Supplies and Other Useful Items Art Supplies Please note that if you have materials and a setup you are comfortable with you are welcome to use that It is important that you be reasonably familiar with your gear and that you are able to carry it for up to a half mile or so For those that need a simple field kit study the list below and pick up the items you need Keep it portable You ll have more choices outdoors if you re able and willing to hike a short distance to find the best view Having the right equipment will make a difference Pastels I use a variety of soft pastels that are compatible with each other Primarily Terry Ludwig Blue Earth and Unison with some Sennelier and Schmincke Any mid size set of landscape colors will be a good starting point Bring as many colors as you are comfortable hiking a short distance with You can always leave some in camp Paper Canson Paper cut into quarters of the original sheet size so roughly 9 x 12 Some useful colors for atmosphere and water are Dawn Pink Flannel Tobacco and Pearl Grey I have mainly used the color twilight for my work but it is no longer in production That color is available as part of the touch line of sanded papers that Canson produces I do vary my choice according to location and lighting conditions 11 x 14 pad of tracing paper This is a simple way to store your finished pastels as well as your blank sheets of paper 11 x 14 sheet of 1 4 foam core or lightweight wood panel If you use wood you can cover the wood with a sheet of Canson to use as a slight cushion behind your artwork Binder clips You ll want at least 2 clips to mount paper on the foam core or to clip your pad and foam core together Drafting tape 1 4 tape to tack down any loose ends of paper in a breeze Sketchbook Any small ring bound sketchbook in the 8 5 x 5 5 size is recommended for compositional studies and notes Black or Indigo blue Prismacolor Pencil s Easel A portable easel There are a variety of these available the classic wooden julian easel full or half the Soltek as well as a variety of pochade type boxes that mount on tripods such as the Versa by Artwork Essentials and the models available from www allinoneeasel com I am currently using a Heilman Backpack easel that is

    Original URL path: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Course_Pastels_and_Light.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Drawing and Sketching Sierran Birds
    and demonstrations on drawing birds and mammals Learn how to paint a five minute landscape and an animal on the move You will hike and explore throughout the Sierra Buttes drawing rocks water and wildflowers and discover make fast field sketches of birds in the Sierra Valley the Serengeti of the Sierra You will come away with a journal full of recorded experiences and inspiration and motivation to continue on your own This class is open to all experience levels Class Schedule Plan to arrive at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus on Sunday We will get acquainted that evening but the class will begin at 7 30 AM on Monday The week s activities will be flexible to take advantage of some of the best viewing opportunities but in general each day will be spent in the field with time to relax at lunch and returning to the field campus by dinner Throughout the week we will learn tricks and techniques to help sketch birds flowers and more both in the field and in evening workshops Walks will be generally short but could range up to 3 miles over moderately rough terrain The class will end in the afternoon of Friday Supplies and Other Useful Items Drawing Equipment To see a list of equipment go to Jack s web site by clicking suggested equipment Field gear binoculars spotting scope optional hand lens bug boxes or small jars optional butterfly net and pond dip net optional field guides headlamp Camping gear warm sleeping bag flashlight camp chair bring your own tent or use tents with beds provided at the field campus Clothing Days are warm even hot while evenings are quite cold close to freezing Clothing that can be layered for variable weather conditions is best T shirts and shorts are

    Original URL path: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Course_FieldSketching.html (2016-02-13)
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  • SF State Sierra Nevada Field campus
    on the delicious bounty the Sierra Mountains INSTRUCTOR Jolie Egert Elan Jolie is an ethnobotanist deep ecologist and educator She has inspired thousands of people to deepen their connection to nature She directs the Go Wild Institute that weaves science myth and spirit to awaken our ecological selves and foster balance within the great web of life She has worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents including restoring sacred forest groves in India and developing the herbal medicine sector in war torn Kosovo She is adjunct faculty at the College of Marin and regularly teaches at colleges ecoliteracy programs and herbal medicine schools throughout the Bay Area She is a certified forester and permaculture designer She has served as both the President and Vice President of the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Jolie can often be found foraging wild foods and medicines and hanging out with oak trees For more information on Jolie click here CLASS SCHEDULE Plan to arrive on Sunday evening although the first class meets at 8 30 AM on Monday Last class finishes at 3 00 PM on Friday SUPPLIES AND OTHER USEFUL ITEMS Field gear hand lens or loupe 10x recommended small spiral notebook 6X8 is good 8 5 x 11unlined sketch book for plant pressings scotch or botany tape pocket knife clippers hand trowel optional swimming suit day pack shoes boots water bottle for hiking plant press optional pencils Be prepared for variable weather There will be some moderate hiking but easy alternative walks will be offered at the same time so anyone can participate Camping gear warm sleeping bag flashlight camp chair bring your own tent or use tents with beds provided at the field campus Clothing Although days are generally warm or even hot at lower elevations be prepared

    Original URL path: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Course_Ethnobotany.html (2016-02-13)
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  • SF State Sierra Nevada Field campus
    to awaken our ecological selves and foster balance within the great web of life She has worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents including restoring sacred forest groves in India and developing the herbal medicine sector in war torn Kosovo She is adjunct faculty at the College of Marin and regularly teaches at colleges ecoliteracy programs and herbal medicine schools throughout the Bay Area She is a certified forester and

    Original URL path: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Instructor_Jolie_Elan.html (2016-02-13)
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  • SF State Sierra Nevada Field campus
    Duke University Ph D 1991 Brown University is an Associate Professor at Humboldt State University in Arcata CA His research has investigated the extraordinary physiological capabilities of bats and other small mammals from cold torpor to the intense demands of flight and high altitude and the physiological ecology of bats that is the integrated effects of the environment upon the organism For example he discovered that hibernating bats can go withoutbreathing for two and a half hours and determined how they do accomplish such a feat His teaching includes Using SonoBat for Non invasive Bat Monitoring for the University of California Biology of the Chiroptera at Humboldt State University and The Ecology and Conservation of California Bats through San Francisco State University Joe has also taught acoustic monitoring workshops for Bat Conservation International and other groups in California Oregon Arizona Washington South Dakota Montana New Jersey and Pennsylvania He is the developer of SonoBat software to analyze and interpret bat echolocation calls and is currently developing automated bird and bat acoustic monitoring and identification methods for the Department of Defense SERDP and other state and federal agencies Class Schedule Plan to arrive at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus on Sunday evening We will begin the class Monday morning but thereafter we will meet mid morning and the afternoons for class work then spend our evenings in the field typically past midnight Class will conclude by Friday noonish Access to our survey sites will entail short hikes of a mile or less sometimes over irregular terrain Grading Students desiring a grade may take a written exam on the final class meeting Supplies and Other Useful Items Equipment As much of our experience together will be nocturnal dependable sources of light will be essential To keep your hands free we recommend a good head lamp with one or more back up lights that you can pocket such as a mini headlamp or one you could hold in your teeth should your primary light fail The Black Diamond Icon and Petzl Duo are good choices because they have both a low beam for close work and high beam for checking the nets at a distance Batteries rechargeable NiMH batteries work well A bright spot light for checking nets and foraging bats will augment your head lamp but is not essential For handling bats we will use nitrile gloves as per White Nose Syndrome protocol Some people may still prefer more protection until they gain more skill handling bats If so then select thin supple leather gloves find a pair that fits your hand well and lets you retain your dexterity the thinner the leather the better to afford dexterity Some driving gloves work nicely As many of our netting sites span water hip waders make trips into the stream more pleasant on cool nights but any other foot gear and pants that you don t mind getting wet will do fine if you don t mind getting cold but we don t recommend

    Original URL path: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Course_BatConservation.html (2016-02-13)
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  • SF State Sierra Nevada Field campus
    have the option of switching to credit no credit grading or to audit at the first class meeting Course Activities During the day students have mornings free to swim hike explore nature or just relax Afternoon course activities include learning to use your star wheel star atlases and astronomical catalogs Afternoon lab activities involve doing experiments on telescope optics atomic spectra galactic structure and stellar evolution At night we drive to the Packer saddle area where we have an observation site on the Pacific Crest Trail Here we conduct naked eye observations of constellations sky motion meteors and variable stars and then with binoculars and telescopes we observe planets comets stars nebulae the Milky Way and other galaxies On Thursday the last night the course culminates with a star party at which we show vacationers and area residents the beautiful objects we have learned to observe Class Schedule Afternoon classes are 1 00 5 00 p m and evening observing sessions are 8 00 midnight The first afternoon class on Sunday is at 2 p m and Thursday night is the last evening observing session Supplies and Other Useful Items The sun sets at about 20 10 this time of year and twilight ends about 22 00 Bring lots of WARM CLOTHING hat gloves parka with hood for the cold late night observing sessions a DIM flashlight with a RED lens Orion Telescope s Adjustable Brightness Starlite LED Flashlight is ideal notebooks pens and pencils and the texts listed below Although telescopes and binoculars are provided in order to learn how to use your own equipment you are encouraged to bring your own if you have it telescopes binoculars and cameras Camping gear warm sleeping bag flashlight camp chair bring your own tent or use tents with beds provided at

    Original URL path: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Course_Astronomy.html (2016-02-13)
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  • SF State Sierra Nevada Field campus
    wealth of astronomical knowledge with a joy for teaching Since he started teaching the Astronomy class at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus in 2001 students have commented on his gift for explaining complex concepts in a clear and concise manner He has spent much of his professional career working on NASA satellites developing instruments and analyzing astronomical data The projects have included the Hubble Space Telescope the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer

    Original URL path: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Instructor_Martin_Sirk.html (2016-02-13)
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  • SF State Sierra Nevada Field campus
    will venture out into the Sierras to practice the techniques learned to take a better night photograph INSTRUCTOR CLASS SCHEDULE To be determined SUPPLIES AND OTHER USEFUL ITEMS Field gear small notebook pen pencil sturdy shoes boots camera sturdy tripod Camping gear warm sleeping bag flashlight camp chair bring your own tent or use tents with beds provided at the field campus Clothing Although days are generally warm or even

    Original URL path: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Course_Night_Photography.html (2016-02-13)
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