Fungus Fair, January 29, 2023

2023 Fungus Fair Art panel

John Muir Laws:
Techniques to Draw and Paint Mushrooms

John Muir LawsJack Laws will lead a workshop on techniques to draw and paint mushrooms in the field or studio.

Learn how to:

  • Abstract the shape of a mushroom to help you visualize it from any angle and translate these to sketches and drawings
  • What views are the most useful for later identification?
  • What parts of a mushroom are crucial to notice and record?
  • Laws will also demonstrate how to capture mushroom textures and colors with watercolor.

If you miss this workshop, you can check out John Muir Laws, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art online video workshops or purchase books through The Naturalist Store.

John (Jack) Muir Laws is a principal leader and innovator of the worldwide nature journaling movement. Jack is a scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. His work intersects science, art, and mindfulness. Trained as a wildlife biologist and an associate of the California Academy of Sciences, he observes the world with rigorous attention. He looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connections in all he sees. Attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking are not gifts, but skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. As an educator and author, Jack teaches techniques and supports routines that develop these skills to make them a part of everyday life.

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Past Fairs

The Mycological Society of San Francisco has been hosting 1 or 2 Fungus Fairs each year since 1969. Fairs have been held in San Francisco County, Alameda County, San Mateo County, and Marin County. Historical information is available about previous Fungus Fairs: