Roger Tory Peterson Institute Offers New Watercolor Workshops: Exploring Nature Through Art


The Roger Tory Peterson Institute invites you to unleash your inner Roger. Peterson connected with the natural world through his paintbrush. Now you can, too.

RTPI announces the launch of a new program – local artist Robin Zefers Clark will lead a six-week series of beginner watercolor workshops at RTPI, located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown. The workshops will take place on six consecutive Saturdays between September 12 – October 17 from 10:00 – 11:30am, and will culminate in a month-long exhibition of the student’s work at RTPI.

Original Roger Tory Peterson botanical art from The Peterson Collection along with live and preserved plant specimens will be used to inspire students’ work. “Creating art within the walls of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is a wonderful experience,” Robin says. “The resources for reference are close at hand and the galleries provide unlimited inspiration.”

The cost of this six-week class series is $100, which includes supplies, instruction and an artist’s reception at the end of the program period (date TBD). Preregistration and a $25 deposit is required. Space is limited. Please register by September 4 th by calling (716) 665-2473 ext. 227 or emailing

Robin Clark holds a BS in Art Education from Buffalo State College. She received her Masters of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, with a major in oil painting and intensive work in graphic design and photographic studies. Robin has had several solo and group exhibitions and has been featured in articles in Country Woman Magazine, The Buffalo News, and Focus. Her work has won numerous awards and is featured in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Robin lives in the pristine Allegany mountains of western New York state, where she owns and operates Brookside Studio. More information about Robin Clark and her work can be found on her website at

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council.