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Santa Cruz History Road Trips: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting at Historic Sites

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From the historic buildings in Davenport to the north to the verdant green Polo Grounds to the south, Santa Cruz County is full of beautiful and richly storied historic buildings and sites. Did you know that there was a Davenport pier, a 17-foot Chinese Gate at Evergreen Cemetery, a horse racecourse in Aptos, and that the UCSC Barn was dismantled and reassembled? Join Wyatt Young in the virtual classroom to learn the origin stories and unique history of Davenport, the Polo Grounds, Harvey West Park (including the historic Evergreen Cemetery), and the Cowell Barn at the entrance of UCSC. Then take your newfound historic knowledge to visit each location for an en-plein air painting session with Bonni Carver. There will be plenty of time in each en plein air session to visually explore the location, and learn how watercolor is the perfect portable media for any place or setting. Learn techniques and strategies to simplify and demystify plein air painting, the importance of planning your painting, and how to use watercolor paint to produce dynamic results. We will demonstrate different approaches and offer individual help on your work after each session.

Details about the locations of each in-person session will be provided during the Thursday night Zoom session.

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No experience necessary! Class size is limited to 14 so register early!

Portions of this class will occur live in the Zoom virtual classroom. You will receive a link to join the live session in your registration confirmation email, following registration.


Class Details

5 Sessions
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Weekly - Thu.  
  Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu.  

Location : Multiple Location : 
  Off Campus

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Wyatt Young  2.Bonni Carver 



Please read:  In alignment with public health guidelines, in-person classes will occur with modifications. Following the California Guidance for the use of Face Coverings, all participants are required to bring and wear a mask at all times while at class. In addition, please follow all instructions and county guidelines regarding social distancing and other health and safety precautions.

Portions of this class will occur live in the Zoom virtual classroom. You will receive a link to join the live session in your registration confirmation email, following registration. Your registration confirmation can also be found by logging into your profile and viewing “Current Registrations”.

First time attending a virtual classroom class?
  • No Zoom account necessary! You’ll be receiving a password-encrypted link to enter your class, which will prompt you to download the Zoom software or join directly from your favorite web browser. Just one click, and you’ll be taken straight to your virtual classroom, no extra log-in required.
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  • Check in early! Your instructor will “open” the classroom 15 minutes prior to the start time of the class. Students are encouraged to join early, so class can begin on time.
  • Join with your name. All students must be admitted by the instructor, who will be comparing against the class roster. Please enter the name you used at registration to join the Zoom meeting; you may use just your first name and last initial, if you would prefer. Note that if you are logged in to the Zoom software on your computer, your name cannot be changed until you are admitted to the classroom - try logging out if you’re having trouble.
  • Turn on your camera! If you have a webcam, we recommend turning it on so that your teacher and fellow students can see you, and you can see them. Nonverbal feedback is so important to human connection, and makes the virtual classroom feel more like the brick and mortar one. The camera button is the the bottom left corner of Zoom.
  • Consider your background. If possible, try to keep a neutral space behind you, like a wall or curtain. If you don’t have one available, try out the Virtual Background option to keep your personal space, personal.
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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
8/5/2021 - 8/5/2021 Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Off Campus, Extension@Home  Map, Room: Zoom Virtual Classroom Bonni Carver  ; Wyatt Young 
8/9/2021 - 8/12/2021 Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Aptos, Off Campus  Map Bonni Carver 

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