Nature Sketching & Journaling

Date: Saturday Jul 22 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
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One of the most effective and enriching ways to develop a deep connection with Nature is through sketching the details of your observations and outings into the natural world.

  • Understand how to take visual notes and organize pages of your sketchbook with titles, callouts, diagrams, maps, lists, and field counts.  
  • See examples of field kits and materials to prepare you to create your own field sketch kit.  
  • Look at the nature sketchbook work of seasoned professionals such as Cathy Johnson, John Muir Laws, Hannah Hinchman, and others.
  • Learn simple pen/ink and watercolor techniques.  

The workshop will be part lecture, part working exercises.  

$10 materials fee is included in the cost of the workshop!

Materials List

Sketchbook at least 5X7”, paper weight at least 80-90 pound: Fabriano, Arches, Hand.Book, Stillman & Birn, Strathmore (400 or 500 series), any others you prefer

Black waterproof pen, such as Fine-Point Sharpie, Sakura Pigma Micron pen, Prismacolor Fine Line Pen, Staedtler Pigma Liner Sketch Pen, Faber-Castell Pitt Pen. Test for waterproof quality before you buy.

Lead Pencil, #2 is fine.

Eraser, rubber kneaded eraser or other not-smear soft eraser

Watercolor palette: If you have none, here are colors to have in a simple palette:  The 12 color watercolor palette commonly consists of the following: warm and cool versions of the three primary colors (yellow, red, blue), violet red, a warm and a cool green, two earth tones, and a black or neutral grey.  A simpler beginning palette consists of warm and cool versions of the three primaries, an earth tone and a green.  Thus: Hansa Yellow Medium or New Gamboge, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Perm. Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Veridian or Sap Green.  Good additions: Quinacridone Gold, maybe Sepia, Payne’s Grey, Manganese Violet, Cobalt Blue.  Use Artist Grade paints, preferred: Daniel Smith, Winsor & newton, Schmincke, M. Graham. (Cotman is student grade.)

Brushes:  Watercolor brushes #8 round, ½” flat;’ or bring whatever you usually use.

Misc.:  Paper towel, water bottle and container for outdoor sketching, water brush if you have one.  Also bring a stool, hat, bug spray, sun glasses.

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