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How to Start a Nature Journal

SHM-Sketch

December 7 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Held at the VINS Nature Center
$75 General Public, $65 VINS Members
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Vermont is a place of mountains, lakes, fields and streams: a beautiful landscape that supports incredible biodiversity. Do you take time to be still and observe the colors, textures and patterns of your surroundings?

Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist and artist and opens up a world of beauty and discovery. Learn how to start your own Nature Journal and tap into your sense of curiosity. By asking questions about what you see and recording your observations in sketches and words, you will begin to notice things and become aware of daily rhythms in your natural surroundings!

Artist and instructor Sandy McDermott will help to open your eyes to the natural world around you. You do not have to be an artist or a scientist to join this class, all you need are a few simple tools and a desire to learn. All skill levels welcome.

Bring your own lunch.

Suggested Materials*

  • Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchpad 9 x 12” or slightly smaller, or your current sketchbook. Anything is good except for newsprint paper.
  • HB or 2B drawing pencils – recommend Tombow professional drawing pencils
  • Drawing pen with good quality ink – recommend Sakura Micron Pigma pens
  • White eraser & kneaded eraser- recommend General’s Tritip

Please note: There are many options available these days so bring what you have if you wish not to purchase any new drawing supplies. The Instructor will have some of these additional options on hand to show and discuss.

Instructor – Sandy McDermott
Sandy McDermott has been illustrating natural history since 1992.  Projects include books, magazines, t-shirts, trail signs, brochures and murals, both private and public. In addition, she’s taught many workshops and field trips in the art of field sketching, basic drawing, painting and color theory. Sandy is a recent graduate of the Birder’s Certificate Program through MA Audubon which has helped inform her art as well as her teaching.

Visit Sandy McDermott on linkedin to learn more about her artwork.

For more information, contact us at 802.359.5000 x245 or sstrew@vinsweb.org.

Illustration by © Sandy McDermott.