August Art Days


Join us for our Friends of Five Rivers instructed nature art classes in August.

  • Up to 15 students will be treated to an Environmental Educator describing the area(s) you will be sketching.
  • All levels welcome!
  • Fees – Members – $20; Non-Members – $25
  • $12 additional fee for materials if you cannot provide your own sketchbook and drawing pencils
  • Register for each class choice below.
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“Connect to Nature with Sketchbooks & Journaling”  with Carol Coogan

At every moment, wherever you are, you can use a simple sketchbook to connect more deeply with the natural world. In its pages you might write notes, record observations and descriptions of what you notice, hear, smell, and see, and fill its pages with simple diagrams, scribbles, quick sketches, or fully developed drawings. When curious, jot down the question. You can research later to learn more about it. Join Carol Coogan as she gives instruction, support, advice, and inspiration to your own nature sketching practice.

Monday, August 15 from 9:00 – 11:00 am (rain date on August 22) – REGISTER
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Saturday, August 20 from 9:00 – 11:00 am (rain date on August 27) – REGISTER


“Connect to Nature with Pond Landscape Sketch” with Noreen Powell

Capture the beauty of Five Rivers in a sketch! You will be guided on a five minute walk to one of the Fiver River’s beautiful ponds. There you will be provided instructions by Noreen Powell on sketching landscapes. After this two hour session, you will be able to take home your sketch as well as a procedure for your next art adventure.

Tuesday, August 23 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (rain date on August 30) – REGISTER


Carol Coogan is an illustrator, designer, and teaching artist whose work has graced the stationery of Crane & Co., and won numerous statewide New York Press Association awards for her Altamont Enterprise opinion-editorial art.  She created the “Backyard Naturalist” feature for the Times Union newspaper, which she wrote and illustrated for 10 years.  It began from her own practice of nature sketching, beginning at Five Rivers.

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Noreen Powell has always loved art! Originally from Buffalo, she attended Buffalo State College and majored in Graphic Design. After working in the field for fifteen years she choose to stay home to raise her children. In 2002, she moved to Albany and began teaching K-12 Art. In 2011 she obtained her Masters in Education with a concentration in Art from SUNY Albany. She was also a NYS certified teacher. For the past ten years, she has had the joy of teaching adult painting workshops throughout the community including the Art Center of the Capital Region, St. Agnes Cemetery and Albany Institute of History and Art. “Art is my passion. Teaching others is my joy!”.

You can view Noreen’s work at


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