Those who draw and write about the natural world around them carry on a long historical tradition of curiosity, exploration, and investigation. No matter the purpose, sketching not only sharpens our observation skills and improves hand-eye-brain coordination, but also helps us create new sorts of connections. Illustrating the natural world can be a wonderful adventure and learning tool; when we draw and write about something, we get to know it on an intimate level. In this series of classes, participants will be introduced to the media of watercolor pencils in the context of a nature journal, a combination of sketches and text. Drawing skills are helpful but not required. Our goal is to experience the process and to broaden our connections to the natural world. A starter kit will be available for purchase, or students may bring their favorite portable materials. Students will have an opportunity to draw in the Garden each class.
- Saturdays, January 16, 23, and 30 (with additional classes in February and March)
- 9 am – 12 pm, Naples Botanical Garden FGCU Kapnick Center room 124
- $35 Members / $40 Non-Members per class
Elizabeth spent her early years in the woods and waters of Iowa developing a love for plants and wildlife. She received her B.A. in art at Florida Gulf Coast University, with postgraduate classes in education. She is especially interested in combining art with other disciplines and using the arts to heal. She is a member of the United Arts Council, Florida Native Plant Socety, and 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. Elizabeth’s goal is to combine nature and art in order to increase awareness, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world through her blog, A Nature Art Journal: the natural world of Southwest Florida, workshops, classes, and occasional exhibits in Naples and Ft. Myers.
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