Plein Air Paddling with Julie Bowland

Event Date:

May 13, 2023

Event Time:

9:00 am

Event Location:

Reed Bingham State Park

A workshop experience with artist Julie Bowland capturing the fun and spontaneity of painting while paddling a kayak or canoe!

Julie Bowland is a full-time, award-winning artist based in South Georgia who recently retired from teaching art and directing the Fine Arts Gallery at Valdosta State University. She is inspired by the Impressionists who painted in the open air (plein air) and the Expressionists who used color to express emotion. Sometimes she paints from a canoe or kayak to capture remote, watery places using mixed media of pastel, watercolors, and gouache. She has a BFA in Painting from Florida State University and an MFA from Arizona State University. Her work can be found in many private and public collections across the U.S.
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Participants may work in any portable media. Watercolors and pastels are recommended. Kayaks may be rented from the State Park.

All skill levels welcome in both kayaking and painting. Basic instruction will be provided for both. This is intended to be a fun, creative, experience for those wanting to combine art and water play. A Paddling Plein Air Party!

Note: Kayak rentals are first come, first serve from Reed Bingham State Park. $27 for 4 hours, single or tandem.  They have a limited number. Call  the Park at 229. 896.3551 for details.
We will meet up at the boat ramp on the Colquitt County side (other side of the lake from the visitors center).

What to bring:

  • Art Supplies in a waterproof box like a tackle box or tupperware style plastic container.
  • Gatorboard or a piece of corrugated plastic sheet makes a good waterproof backing for watercolor paper, which can be taped down and get wet without damage.
  • A small set of watercolors, oil or soft pastels, colored pencils and markers are good choices for kayaking. Do plan to work in color! But keep your supplies minimal enough that it won’t be difficult to balance and hold them on your kayak.
  • Lunch, drinks (don’t count on bringing a cooler on the kayak as there may not be enough room.)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, sunhat, bandana
  • swimsuit, or shorts, water shoes or sandals that won’t come off your feet easily. Expect to get a little wet so bring a change of dry clothes in your car. Note: there is a designated swimming area at the park.
  • Towel
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Event Location:

  • Reed Bingham State Park
  • 542 Reed Bingham Rd
  • Adele
  • Georgia

Event Schedule Details

  • May 13, 2023 9:00 am   -   12:30 pm
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