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Time in the Forest: Watercolor Journaling as Nature Connection

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September 23, 2024
September 24, 2024
10:00 - 4:00
Participate: In-Person Online
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Online Available Only

Workshop Overview

Experience the harmonious blend of nature connection, creativity, and mindfulness in a transformative two-day nature journaling workshop. Participants will gain both skills and a nurturing space to connect with themselves, nature, and others through the art of journaling. The workshop encompasses a diverse range of techniques, including watercoloring, stamp-carving, drawing, and writing. With prompts and expert guidance, participants will craft their unique "conversation with Nature," allowing for an authentic and personal expression.

The workshop unfolds across two settings: the expansive nature preserve at Sitka and the classroom. Here, participants will engage in mindful observation, deep appreciation, thoughtful reflection, and joyous celebration of the natural surroundings. Through the mediums of writing, drawing, and basic watercoloring, this holistic experience fosters a profound connection with nature.

About the Instructor(s)

Elizabeth Higgins is an artist, instructor and nature connection guide 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 wire bound sketchbooks or mixed media journals such as 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. I prefer and recommend 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. I like 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)

Clean rags or paper towels

Pens: 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

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)

Instructor will provide extra paints and brushes, mixing plates, extra carving tools, handouts and water-soluble pens
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