Posted by: wolfcampcollege | September 14, 2010

Wolf Journey Fall Classes Begin with Bellingham

It was fitting to begin the fall season, and the first full school year of Wolf Journey classes since moving south in 2003, in Bellingham where it all started in 1996. Kim and I are looking forward to redeveloping a full slate of classes throughout Western Washington, once-a-month in each location, with homeschoolers joining us from 1-3 p.m., afterschool youth from 4-6 p.m., and adults in the evening from 7-9 p.m.

It was also fitting to meet outside of Village Books, on a beautiful, moonlit night overlooking Bellingham Bay. Village Books was the first store to carry Wolf Journey when it was a printed book. Now we’re converting it into an online course, but we still try to purchase our books from this incredible independent bookseller which is a real pillar of the community.

We haven’t promoted the Wolf Journey classes yet, but six of us showed up anyway to kick-off our field studies by practicing how to sketch plants and landscapes. Then, by request of a student who came across a deer hide recently, we reviewed how to tan hides.

Check out the Aplodontia pelt ready to tan and the goat hide that Skye is sniffing.

Guide books, colored pencils, sketch books, hides and tanning tools, including a flesher with red handles, a scraper, and a rubbing stick.

Here's my sketch of the waxing quarter moon over tree on Bellingham Bay.

On to our next classes, including Olympia & Snohomish which started along with Bellingham last winter, Puyallup & Seattle which got underway in the spring, and soon Mt. Vernon & Vancouver/Portland which already have some new registrants. Last will come Ellensburg and Port Townsend which we are getting ready to promote later this fall. Hopefully by spring we’ll have full classes in every location!

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