Art Classes

Biodiversity Arts offers several opportunities to strengthen your creative artistic skills in drawing and painting.

Drawing Classes with Deb Van Poolen

Learn how to draw what you see in Deb’s realistic drawing courses

Painting Classes with Deb Van Poolen

Learn how to paint a landscape scene in the painting courses

Art & Ecology Classes with Deb Van Poolen
Learn how to identify and draw or paint plants, trees and mountain ridges

Two-Day Intensive Art Courses

Each course meets for two successive days at The Greensprings Clearing. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

BEGINNING DRAWING

Beginning drawing students learn to draw what you see, practicing one straightforward technique at a time!

LOCATION: The Greensprings Clearing | East of the Greensprings Inn

DATES: To be announced, in September/October 2019

TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

PRICE: $195

REGISTER: Contact Deb directly or via PayPal.

INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

After a review of basic drawing techniques, students receive instruction in creating successful compositions and experiment with creating still life and landscape drawings.

LOCATION: The Greensprings Clearing | East of the Greensprings Inn

DATES: To be announced, in September/October 2019

TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

PRICE: $195

REGISTER: Contact Deb directly or via PayPal.

Art & Ecology Sunday Afternoons

Join artist Deb Van Poolen and Environmental Education SOU Masters student Debra Agnew at The Greensprings Clearing for these courses which integrate art and ecology lessons.

LEARNING & DRAWING PLANTS

Participants will be introduced to a multitude of wildflowers, grasses and shrubs and receive guidance in how to draw one or two favorite plants.

LOCATION: The Greensprings Clearing | East of the Greensprings Inn

DATES:  To be announced, in September 2019

TIME: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PRICE: $75

REGISTER: Thru the NorthWest Nature Shop. 541.482.3241

LEARNING & DRAWING TREES

As students observe various conifer and hardwood tree species in their natural habitats, they will receive information about the distinguishing characteristics of the trees and learn to draw overall tree shapes, as well as their needles, pinecones, leaves and branches.

LOCATION: The Greensprings Clearing | East of the Greensprings Inn

DATES: To be announced, in September/October 2019

TIME: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PRICE: $75

REGISTER: Thru the NorthWest Nature Shop. 541.482.3241

LEARNING & DRAWING/PAINTING THE LANDSCAPE

Students view various vistas on the Greensprings Clearing property, hear fascinating tidbits about the Cascade-Siskiyou region’s fabulous geology, receive an introduction to landscape composition and draw or paint a landscape scene.

LOCATION: The Greensprings Clearing | East of the Greensprings Inn

DATES: To be announced, in September/October 2019

TIME: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

PRICE: $95

REGISTER: Thru the NorthWest Nature Shop. 541.482.3241

Realistic Drawing

Join Deb Van Poolen at the Ashland Art Center.

REALISTIC DRAWING

You are invited to receive the keys to realistic drawing and creating successful compositions.

LOCATION: Ashland Art Center | View Map

DATES: Once a week, coming September 2019

TIME: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PRICE: $145

REGISTER: Contact Deb directly. 541.973.9037

Private Art Instruction

Deb is also available for private drawing and painting lessons. Contact Deb for more information.

We’d love your feedback!

Please take our Art Class Survey. Your valuable feedback will help shape the art classes we offer.

Tuula

"Deb's teaching style is consistently positive, encouraging and eye-opening. I love the tranquil atmosphere and the results of my efforts under her guidance have been surprising! I'm a more confident artist thanks to Deb."

 
 - TUULA, ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

Deb Van Poolen Art Student

"I enjoyed your class very much! So out of my body-of-knowledge and yet you were an excellent teacher!!! I was able to create and understand all the how to’s of realistic application."

 
 - DAYA, ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

“Mom, these are the two most relaxing hours of my whole week.”

 
 - REED, ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

Mt. Shasta Artwork

“Hi Deb, Thought I would show you the painting framed and hung. It looks great. Really enjoying it.”

 
 - DARLENE, ART PATRON, ASHLAND OREGON

anonymous

“I love this class so much. I always learn new things. You’re such a fun teacher. I always feel comfortable asking you questions and you are always so helpful. I’m so excited for the next session.”

 
 - OLIVIA, AGE 12, ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

anonymous

“Deb, thank you for a rewarding class. I enjoyed the format of each class: starting with warm-ups and exercises to place our perception in the liberated right brain.”

 
 - ANONYMOUS ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

anonymous

“Thank you again for your warmth and emotional generosity in class. Excellent instruction.”

 
 - ANONYMOUS ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON