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Pop up class! July Garden – Seasonal Sketching & Watercolor Workshop

July 22, 2023 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Summer is the time of year for enjoying gardens – be they at the park, in your yard, or anywhere you find them. Join Alina Nuebel, painter and naturalist, for this workshop where we “draw” inspiration from the gardens at the Sonoma Community Center! We will explore the grounds and gardens of the Sonoma Community Center, and learn sketching and watercolor skills that can help us celebrate the beauty of the Summer season.

This class will cover:
– tips for drawing plants from life
– techniques for quickly sketching flowers in watercolor, including color theory
– free time to paint
– time to receive individualized feedback and guidance from the instructor
– Materials will be provided for student use during the workshop, so all you have to do is bring yourself!

Materials will be provided for student use during the workshop, so all you have to do is bring yourself! Invite a friend, bring a snack. Beginners welcome and encouraged!

Alina Nuebel (she/they)

Instructor / Artist

Alina Nuebel is a painter, environmental muralist, and naturalist. Educated as an ecologist, Nuebel’s artwork reflects upon seasonality, phenology, and ecology of local organisms. Find the murals around Sonoma County, or stop in the studio at 318 South A St, Santa Rosa, to see what’s in the works. More work can be found at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Date: Saturday, July 22nd
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions: 1
Instructor: Alina Nuebel (she/they)
Location: Secret Garden
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Beginning
Sliding Scale: $35 / $55 / $75
Materials Fee: $10
Financial aid available

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