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Sun, Oct 29


San Francisco

Shadowscapes: An Afternoon of Painting, Presence & Play

Connect with presence and play in an outdoor watercolor workshop exploring the magic of light and shadow.

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Shadowscapes: An Afternoon of Painting, Presence & Play
Shadowscapes: An Afternoon of Painting, Presence & Play

Time & Location

Oct 29, 2023, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

San Francisco, Owens St, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA

About the event

Shadows are quiet dramas unfolding around us everywhere: the trees, the sheerness of our shirt, the windows of the building across the street are all held together in time and space. 

Visual artist Angela Chu will guide us in slowing down to notice the shadows as a portal into slowness and deeper awareness of the world around us. We will play with seemingly ordinary materials to reveal surprising shadowscapes, and paint a series of visual watercolor poems that help us connect with the present moment. Come, sit with us as we blur the boundaries between shadows and self.

Through quiet observation, open-ended play, and watercolor exploration, we will collectively:

  • Develop an observational keenness, and sense of awe and wonder for the phenomena of shadow & light
  • Find a sense of playful curiosity and magic in everyday objects and their potential to be transformed into abstract shadow compositions
  • Build confidence expressing our own unique experience of light and shadow and harnessing color, value, texture, and other elements of art


What's Included


Shared access to Wild Awake workshop materials, including:

  • Watercolor paints, brushes & cups for water
  • Playful, ordinary objects to explore light & shadow

 What to Bring 

  • A journal & pen for reflection & integration

Workshop Pricing* 

By all of us contributing what we can afford, make this experience accessible for a diversity of incomes. The range reflects the disparity between economic conditions in the Bay Area, and is designed for those with more wealth to cover some of the costs of those with less access to wealth. Thank you for giving as much as you are able so that people of different economic backgrounds are able to join our programming.

As you decide what amount to pay, we ask that you not only consider your present-day financial situation governed by income but also factors including historical discrimination faced by your peoples, your current financial wealth, your access to income and financial wealth, people counting on your financial livelihood, and the socio-economic conditions of your locale.

  • Partner: $40
  • Supporter: $35
  • Friend: $30

*Adapted from Dr. Bayo Akomolafe’s We Will Dance with Mountains: Into the Cracks Slow Study course with For The Wild.

Covid-19 Safety 

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with anyone who is COVID-19+.

About Wild Awake 

Wild Awake curates immersive outdoor learning experiences that are rooted in connecting with and caring for ourselves, each other, and the more-than-human world. We believe that when we re-orient our attention to the time and space around us, we can cultivate relationships that recognize our mutuality and interdependence.

About the Guide 

Angela Chu is a self-taught visual artist based in San Francisco. Through painting, collage and weaving, she explores the passage of time - in particular, what it means to connect and create at a deliberately human pace. In response to the increasing speed of technological development, her art centers on the wonder that emerges in moments of slowness. She spends her favorite days on long, meandering walks, painting shadows around her neighborhood.

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