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Create a Quick Sketch journal of Ojai!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.Ojai, United States

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Experience hosted by Paula

2.5 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

No need to be an artist or a writer to jump into and find the magic of Ojai…just have fun seeing, drawing, doodling, or writing in and around town.

Create your OWN unique picture postcard memories of your visit by pausing to jot or sketch down what you see and experience of the unique downtown village of Ojai!

Meeting in Downtown Ojai, we will be walking a bit, then sketching a bit, experiencing the village scene by "doing" quick and loose sketching or journaling. Walking to spots unique to Ojai:
Stroll by the Ojai Valley Museum: A lovely historic site and building with its welcoming courtyard to take notes or photos. Then down to the Ojai clock tower: The post office is home to a Spanish style bell tower; chiming on the hour marking the main street stucco arched arcade. We will stop to sketch at Libbey park: View of the main arcade, ancient oaks, park fountain, and your photos!
On to draw the back arcade walkway: A paved "river" style small walkway with shops, imbued with art itself.
The Porch Gallery: We relax, take in art, and draw on the Porch of this art gallery!
End of tour: End your quick sketch tour with coffee or a cool tea at Java Joes to share and say our goodbyes.
No need to be an artist or a writer to jump into and find the magic of Ojai…just have fun seeing, drawing, doodling, or writing in and around town.

Create your OWN unique picture postcard memories of your visit by pausing to jot or sketch down what you see and experience of the unique downtown village of Ojai!

Meeting in Downtown Ojai, we will be walking a bit, then sketching a bit, experiencing the village scene by "doing…

Paula's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Water for walk, then one small complimentary coffee, tea, soda at end of sk...
  • Equipment
    Glue stick. I offer the borrowed use of colored pencils and watercolor set,...
From $75
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Paula

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 7 Reviews
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I left the bustling world of international advertising agencies as creative director to become a quick sketch artist who draws out the heart of nature and business. I am a "Heartist" with my talents of literally drawing out the true essence of business', communications, ideas, retreats, and environments. Having my own art studio as well as my fine art in shows and galleries, I love to teach the art of "seeing". Teaching both fine art classes in studio and "ala" nature, I am a Certified Interpretive Guide for nature conservancies. Having a BFA in Fine Art as well as being author and illustrator of my best selling book, "Fur Shui", art and creative writing journaling is my passion. To help people make connections to their own nature and their environment is my aha moment! And, as a Hawaiian shaman, the spirit of aloha is in all I do!
I left the bustling world of international advertising agencies as creative director to become a quick sketch artist who draws out the heart of nature and business. I am a "Heartist" with my talents of literally drawing out the true essence of business', communications, ideas, retreats, and environments. Having my own art studio as well as my fine art in shows and galleries, I love to teach the art of "seeing". Teaching both fine art classes in studio and "ala" nature, I am a Certified Interpret…
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Where you'll be

We will do a “sketch crawl”: quick loose sketch & journaling; walking to and pausing at unique city sites from West end of downtown to the small city center's East end. From Ojai's historic Museum to main street Spanish Archways into oak filled Libbey park, & arcade walks splashed in art. Last stop we relax on the Porch of an art gallery (you may just meet the owner and view a show), then across the street to share some coffee, tea, and our art.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Sheryl
July 2019
Paula is amazing and helped me discover my inner artist. I hadn’t sketched for years and I was hesitant to book, but I’m glad I did. Do not hesitate to book this tour.
Nikki
July 2019
This was a phenomenal experience. I've never done this before and it was great to experience a new place and to take home something to share and remember what I saw and did. Everyone should do this.
Erin
May 2019
I had such a great day with Paula! She was nice enough to come meet me even though I screwed up my booking date by accident. We walked around Ojai and admired all of the beautiful scenery. She knows so much about the town, and about sketching. She let me bring my little dog around with us which was very kind. I would highly recommend.
I had such a great day with Paula! She was nice enough to come meet me even though I screwed up my booking date by accident. We walked around Ojai and admired all of the beautiful…
Bobbi
November 2018
I was very pleased with the entire experience. Paula arrives very prepared and guides you through the process, step-by-step. A bonus was that I learned a new way to observe and document places I visit rather than just taking photos. It does not matter whether you are an artist or non-artist, you will find it is a fun, rewarding way to spend a few hours while exploring Ojai..
I was very pleased with the entire experience. Paula arrives very prepared and guides you through the process, step-by-step. A bonus was that I learned a new way to observe and doc…
Julie
September 2018
Had a wonderful time exploring the roots of Ojai! Starting at the Ojai Historical Museum, just sitting in its beautiful courtyard, I could reflect on the geological formation of this unique valley. I am not a drawer, but a writer, and the time spent, just sittng and reflecting was so productive. Paula provided so much inspiration and artistic prompts that propelled me into a font of creativty and insight. On to Libby Park, the heart of Main St. Again so much to experience through Paula's' creative way, as she pointed out so many little gems to observe and just apprecitate. The Arcade experience brought to light the uniqueness of Main St and the character of Ojai, as an artist and healing community. So many shops of local artists' works as well as sanctuaries for healing and yoga. Sitting and writing I expereinced an initmate relationship with Ojai. Thank you Paula for opening my eyes and heart to this special town. Paula's vision quest of Ojai, a must. Best, Julie
Had a wonderful time exploring the roots of Ojai! Starting at the Ojai Historical Museum, just sitting in its beautiful courtyard, I could reflect on the geological formation of…
Suzie
September 2018
I've lived in Ojai for 20 years and I loved this experience! Paula helped me to see my hometown through renewed eyes as we visited the museum garden, Libbey Park, the downtown arcade, and the porch of a popular local gallery. The time was full yet relaxing enough to choose what attracted me in each place and take the time to observe and sketch. Some in our group chose to write instead and there was also the option to make a collage. Paula, who is a talented artist, provided a sketch pad, pencil and pen and also lots of materials about Ojai to inspire more exploration. This is an experience for visitors and residents alike - a much more intimate way to connect with a place than taking photos. My friend and neighbor joined as my guest and she said she enjoyed sights she hadn't seen before. We both learned that "Sketch Crawling" is an international movement and are happy to join this new way of connecting with a place. I highly recommend! Paula is positive, accommodating and informative.
I've lived in Ojai for 20 years and I loved this experience! Paula helped me to see my hometown through renewed eyes as we visited the museum garden, Libbey Park, the downtown arca…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

More tips

Bring your camera/phone to take shots to sketch or complete later...and a small back pack. Must register at least 12 hours in advance and no fee return if cancellation within 48 hours of event time.

What to bring

Comfortable flat walking shoes

sun hat