Class No 906 – Fee $420 +$30 Materials Fee




Nature Journaling is a wonderful way of making your own study of the Natural World around you. The main emphasis is on YOUR observations of nature – recording and reflecting on what you have seen or discovered. It can be done anywhere: from just looking out your window at home; to what you see on a walk to the park or through the bush; a field trip into the mountains; or it may also be just be what is happening in the vegetable garden. Nature is everywhere ready to be explored.

This fun and interactive workshop will help you to begin or extend your nature journaling skills. With the fantastic surrounds of Wanaka, we will be spoilt for choice with subject matter. We will explore working in the environment through field sketching which will include different landscapes, botanical subject matter and hopefully some wildlife. Then from within the venue we will explore more close up and detailed works from collected subject matter such as, seed pods, leaves, feathers and insects. We will cover: Basic drawing skills, including the use of line and tone to create form; drawing to scale; creating perspective and elements of composition. Mediums used will include pencil/ graphite, pitt charcoal pencils, ink pen, coloured pencil and/or watercolour. Guidance on working in the field, composition, page layout, fun ways with text and suggestions for other exercises will also be given. Different approaches to nature journaling and mediums will also be explored through examples and experimentation.

     Jo is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from the Otago School of Art (2000), and also holds a Graduate  Diploma in Plant and Wildlife Illustration (NSW Australia 1995), along with a series of scholarships and awards –    including the William Hodges Fellowship 2000.      She has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and in several group shows internationally. Her work is held in public    and private collections throughout New Zealand. Jo has also completed a number of large scale commissions for The Otago Museum, The Nelson Provincial Museum and The Department of Conservation.    Her work is primarily concerned with issues of conservation and ecology. Jo currently works full time on her art and lives in Sumner, Christchurch with her husband and two dogs.


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