Painting and Sketching the Wild Nearby

Class with Molly Hashimoto

Friday, November 7 – Friday, November 7, 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Art Studio

In this class, students study the landscapes, flora, and fauna of the North Cascades, using watercolor and portable water-based media. Specimens from this nearby wilderness such as skulls, skins, and flora are brought into the studio for study and inspiration. Hashimoto also supplies students with her own photographs and encourages students to bring their own images, as well.

Students learn about nineteenth- and early twentieth-century plein air artists including George Catlin, Thomas Moran, and Abby Williams Hill. Additionally, students discover contemporary artists and outdoorspeople who continue to enjoy and preserve these wild and celebrated places. Presented in partnership with Braided River Press, the conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books on the publication of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby.

About the Instructor

An artist and dedicated naturalist, Molly Hashimoto's most beloved places are America's parks and wild areas. When not painting or making prints, Hashimoto teaches for the North Cascades Institute and Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. She is recently published in The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, by Braided River Press and she writes about art, nature, and ideas at

Molly Hashimoto. South Early Winters Spire, 2013. North Cascades. Watercolor.


$120 Frye members
$180 nonmembers


Classes have additional fees for art supplies. A supply list for this studio art class is available here.


SPU uses the quarter system and issues quarter credits. Payment for credit or clock hour fees is paid directly to SPU on the first day of class. Studio classes: $15 for ten clock hours or $42 for one credit.