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Class Title: Nature Journaling Series
Instructor: Elizabeth Smith
Class Description: Do you see the beauty in our natural surroundings? Those who draw and write about the natural world around them carry on a long tradition of curiosity, exploration, and investigation. In this nature journaling class, participants will be introduced to the nature journal, a combination of hand-drawn and/or painted images and text. Drawing skills are helpful but not required. The goal is to experience the process, and to broaden our connections to the natural world.
Dates: Mondays, November 4, 11, 18, 25. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all four classes.
Location: Kapnick Center; White Classroom (124)
Class Size: 10 participants per class
Cost: $10 Garden Members/ $15 Non-members per class
Materials List: Materials kits may be purchased at the instructor’s cost (approx. $30) on the first day of class. Alternatively, participants may elect to bring their own materials, which should include a spiral-bound sketchbook (Aquabee Super Deluxe, 93 lb. paper, 60 sheets, 6x9" recommended), mechanical pencil (0.9mm), White Pearl eraser, Niji waterbrush (medium size), artist ink pen (Sakura Micron Pigma, size 01 (0.25mm) recommended), folding watercolor palette with paints (Daniel Smith brand tube watercolor paints recommended; Quinacridone red, hansa yellow, ultramarine blue, quinacridone gold, hooker’s green, and pthalo blue recommended), plastic bag, paper towels, and plastic garbage bag.
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 28th, 5:00pm
Instructor Bio: Elizabeth spent her early years in the woods and waters of Iowa developing a love for plants and wildlife that is reflected in her artwork, whether quick sketches or more intensive watercolor paintings. She received her B.A. in art at Florida Gulf Coast University, with postgraduate classes in education. Elizabeth is a member of the United Arts Council and Florida Native Plant Society. She was selected in 2011 by the Legacy Institute of Nature and Culture as one of ten Florida artists to participate in the Greater Everglades Conservation Atlas project. Her illustrations have appeared in publications or other materials for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Collier County Museum, Gulfshore Life Magazine, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Native Plant Society, and North American Butterfly Association, among others. Elizabeth keeps an online blog called "A Nature Art Journal: The Natural World of Southwest Florida." Elizabeth's goal is to combine nature and art as a venue to increase awareness, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world.