Art Goes Outdoors with PEEC’s ‘Plein Air’ Class

PEEC News:

Whether you consider yourself an artist, or you’ve never picked up a paint brush, the upcoming Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) “Plein Air” class will allow you to explore outdoor surroundings through art.

Dorothy Hoard will lead the “Plein Air” (outdoor) art session on Friday, Aug. 23. Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool, or at 10 a.m. at the Cerro Grande Trailhead on N.M. 4.

The area that the group will visit is an open forest with aspen and ponderosa trees and a nice collection of wildflowers. Hoard will give instructions on how to draw flowers, or anything else found in the landscape.

Participants will choose the medium for this class, whether it’s drawing or painting. Hoard will bring some basic supplies so participants can try their hands at using different types of media, if they wish. The area is level with parking close by, in case of a sudden monsoon.

Hoard arrived in Los Alamos in 1963 and for 10 years, she and her fellow hikers from the Los Alamos Outdoor Association “walked down every canyon and every mesa in Bandelier.” She founded Friends of Bandelier in 1987 and has served as president since its inception. She is also a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for her work cataloging the petroglyphs in Los Alamos County. Hoard is the author of several books on the local area, organizes the annual butterfly count, has inventoried local plants, and teaches plant identification classes.

The cost for the four-hour class is $30, or $24 for PEEC members. Advance registration is required for this class. To register, visit, email or call (505) 662-0460.


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