Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbook Workshop

June 26-July 1, 2016 (Four Teaching Days)

“The practice of looking patiently in order to really reconnect with nature, as I buzz right by her every day, is something I personally crave. Let’s slow down and go see what’s out there.” –Pam Luer

 “It’s all about the journey,” explains Artist Pam Luer. “We’re here to immerse ourselves in nature, luxuriate in our love of art, and enjoy some quality time capturing the images that inspire us—while maintaining a small footprint.” To that end, students will spend part of the class outdoors, working along the shores of White Sand Lake, carrying just a sketchbook and a handful of drawing pencils. “I love art and I love to be active in nature,” admits Pam. “When you have a workshop that allows you to travel light (no easels!) and be outside, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.”

Pam says her sketchbook class is all about “removing the pressure of creating a finished work of art.” Instead, she says, “we’re out here to experiment, to grow artistically and to learn how to see the beauty of nature in a whole new light.” As a result of this new-found freedom from artistic perfection, says Pam, creating art can become a part of your daily life. “One of the great things I hear from past students about my sketchbook workshop,” explains Pam, “is how it has helped them establish a new habit of daily drawing. Now, they just carry a sketchbook with them at all times. And if they have a few minutes of free time, they can fill it with art!”

Pam’s class is designed for artists who never lost their childhood desire to “go play outside.” On day one, you’ll venture from the studio to collect the images, objects and ideas that inspire you from the footpaths surrounding Dillman’s.

In studio and out in nature, Pam will introduce students to different drawing techniques and materials designed for every level of experience. Join Pam on this adventure of seeing and capturing the wild world of Northern Wisconsin in a new and active way.

Topics Covered:

  • Observation and drawing from life.
  • Design and composition.
  • The importance of experimenting with different materials.
  • Creating new habits of resourcing for future work.
  • Building a sketchbook practice while reconnecting to nature.

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Pam Luer’s work usually includes organic elements as a focal point or anchor, such as, flowers, branches, leaves, or shells, while the backgrounds evolve from a series of colorful grids and patterns intertwined with the main subject. The organic elements, and abstract patterns support and engage each other through balance, tension, repetitive patterns and color. The relationship is one that moves from detailed order to colorful chaos, much like nature itself.

Architects for numerous restaurants have commissioned Pam’s paintings of large-scale fruits and vegetables, created with pastels and house paint on artist-quality sandpaper. You’ll find some of her licensed designs on product, such as rugs, dinnerware, textiles and prints.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Pam arrived in Minneapolis, MN, in her late twenties after a four-year hiatus in Sonoma County, CA, where she worked as a graphic designer. Pam completed her Bachelor of Fine Art degree, with an emphasis in painting, from the University of MN, which included three months in Greece. Pam has an associate degree in graphic design from Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI.

She is currently an executive board member of Friends of the Arts in St Louis Park, MN, and the founder of a public book club for artists called the Twin Cities Artful Book Club. Pam conducts Nature Sketchbook workshops for artists throughout the country at various resorts, nature centers, art centers, parks and wineries.

Studio: Something for all levels. BEGINNERS WELCOME.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: 
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $340
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $350
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $375
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
NEW Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary




Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 6/26
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6/27-6/30
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 6/30
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 7/1
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’sfor $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.