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Time in the Forest: Watercolor Journaling as Nature Connection

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August 10, 2023
August 11, 2023
10:00 - 4:00
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Workshop Overview

Nature connection, creativity and mindfulness come together in this two-day workshop that will give participants the skills and space to connect to themselves, to nature and to others through nature journaling. Participants will learn basic watercolor skills, including color mixing and application, and be given prompts and guidance to create their own "conversation with Nature" in the way that feels authentic to themselves. We will spend time outside, as well as in the studio, observing, reflecting on and celebrating the nature around us through easy and engaging writing, drawing and watercolor exercises.

About the Instructor(s)

Elizabeth Higgins is an artist, instructor and nature therapist who teaches classes and workshops that connect people to nature, mindfulness and creativity. She has taught nature journaling classes and watercolor classes for over a decade. She is known for her calm, supportive teaching style and her approach is centered on the belief that both nature and creative expression are crucial components of human well-being.

Materials List: Students Bring

A journal or sketchbook with smooth paper that is heavy enough to hold a little water for watercoloring.  We will talk more about journals in class, but for this workshop I recommend Stillman and Birn Alpha Series hardcover wire bound notebooks, 9 x 12 inches or a Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media Journal, 9 x 12 inches.  

Professional grade watercolor paints in tubes:  at least one of each primary color of red, yellow and blue.  Insturctoor prefers Daniel Smith or M. Graham watercolors.

Recommended colors:  Quinacridone Rose, Hansa Yellow, New Gamboge, Ultramarine Blue
Optional colors:  Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Gold

Any other colors you have or are intrigued by

A small travel palette with a lid and a seal.  Instructor likes the Mijello air-tight watercolor palette with 18 wells.  We will set up our palette and paints in class.  If you already have a palette with watercolors in it, bring that to class instead.

•Brushes:  Size 8 and Size 10 round watercolor brushes and any other watercolor brushes you have, including a small flat brush (optional)

Waterbrush:  Pentel Aquash brand in the large size

Clean rags or paper towels


Permanent, waterproof black pens with fine and medium tips.  Be sure that it is actually waterproof!  Pitt and Micron artist pens are waterproof.  
Optional pens:  a water-soluble Flair Paper-Mate black felt tip pen, any gel pens or paint pens you have and like using.

•Pencils (#2) and kneaded eraser, I also like having a white art eraser

Glue sticks and scissors

Stamp-carving materials by Speedball:  Speedy-cut carving rubber in white or pink, and a carving tool.  Bring several pieces of the carving rubber to play with!

•A water bottle for watercoloring away from the classroom

Bring a backpack or other tote for carrying it all in as we explore the woods and river nearby.

A small portable camp stool if you wish, or a small blanket or pad for sitting on the ground

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Extra paints

• Mixing plates

• Extra brushes

• Handouts and watercolor papers to experiment with

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