Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Mark Adams In the Footsteps of Thoreau: A Drawing & Writing Workshop August 16 to August 20, 2021 Tuition: $1,600.00 Workshop: 9 AM – 12 Noon Discipline: Creative Writing OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available
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UPDATE: This class will be offered in person!

In this workshop we will draw and write observations along the trails of Provincetown and Truro using some of Henry David Thoreau’s prompts. We’ll explore simple methods suitable for beginners and the advanced, including pen, pencil, ink and brush, basic watercolor, combining word and image on sketchbook pages. The sketchbook is a way of traveling gently into familiar and new landscapes, seeing them with your own fresh eyes, situating you as the observer in a particular moment in geography and time, an essence that is your individual experience of what is material and observable – translated by your own particular sensory map. We’ll carpool and meet each day at a different site within a few miles of Pearl St, directions provided such as: the West End breakwater, the Province Lands Visitor Center, Beech Forest, Snail Road, High Head, the harbor.

“… you might have seen our tracks in the sand, still fresh, and reaching all the way from the Nauset Lights to Race Point, some thirty miles, for at every step we made an impression on the Cape, though we were not aware of it …” Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod.


Mark Adams has been a cartographer with the National Park Service for over 25 years and a painter showing at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. He has also exhibited photography, scientific illustration and video art. He has traveled with a sketchbook in Asia, Central America and Europe and has recently illustrated and co-authored a geologic primer, Coastal Landforms of Cape Cod with geologists from the Center for Coastal Studies and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.