This is a one day course for beginners who would like to learn the skills needed to be able to create a personal nature journal and for more experienced artists who would like to develop this way of working.
There is a wealth of evidence now that spending time in green space or bringing nature into our everyday lives can benefit us both mentally and physically.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir
Creating your own nature journal will encourage you to fine-tune your observational skills, become a quiet eye-witness and sharpen your sensory perception to help you understand the natural world around you. That connection and deep engagement has hugely positive effects on our mental health, and you will have the added satisfaction of creating something profoundly personal that holds your memories and experiences.
The course will be based in Barrowden village hall set in beautiful Rutland countryside from 9.30am – 4pm and run by Emma (company owner) and Jax Crew (local artist & teacher) who recently contributed to the Active Magazine with her nature journal. To read more click here.
Number of learners: minimum 5 and maximum 10.
What’s included: tuition and guidance from Jax, teas/coffee & biscuits throughout the day, a basic starter art pack with sketch book, paints, brush and pencil
Please bring: packed lunch, warm/waterproof clothing and suitable footwear for being outside in all weathers, a digital camera or smart phone with camera with charger, indoor footwear for the village hall & old clothes that are happy to have paint on them.
Optional: any art materials you would like to use, an iPad and charger (or similar), magnifying glass, any journalling or nature drawings you have been doing and are happy to share.
Cost: £75pp plus VAT (£90)
Content on the day:
Jax will introduce the day with some examples of her work and explain some of the skills and ideas behind creating your own journal. The morning will be spent looking at specific tasks and building up skills with short explorations outside and seeing what is close by. All these tasks will help build your confidence and knowledge. After lunch and a opportunity to chat and share ideas and work, we will going on a longer walk, observing nature in detail and taking photos, before returning to the hall and completing a longer project. For those with limited walking ability the afternoon walk can be tailored to meet your needs.
We hope the day will give you the confidence to continue building your journal with some new skills and perceptions as well as having made shared connections with fellow nature journalists.