Slow Down, Observe, Discover and See.
“perchance if those who speak so glibly of “a snails pace” should study it, they would not sneer at it, for carefully observed it seems to be one of the most wonderful methods of locomotion ever devised by animal.’ Anna Botsford Comstock
Let’s observe and awaken our curiosity. What catches your eye? That becomes your story. Journal your story in a beautiful archival quality sketch book. It will be passed down one day and be a reminder and keepsake for loved ones to enjoy. Savour the process, the connections and the joy by being amongst nature and spending time studying and recording it.
Learn to Nature Journal with Anna Barnes, who has a BA in Fine Arts and a Masters in Design Science. She has been nature journalling for 10 years, and looks forward to sharing her skills with you. We will draw on the Nature Study teachings of Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Anna Botsford Comstock and John Muir Laws.
What you do:
Meet in the studio in Wentworth Falls for morning tea provided by Anna (tea, coffee and a delicious cake baked from organic and local ingredients) and learn a new art skill, whilst also accessing the internet, computer, ipad, books and other tools. We then take a nature walk with our field journal discovering, observing and sketching the subjects of the week. Create a beautiful perpetual Nature Journal that documents the seasons and the unique nature of The Blue Mountains.
“The precious moments of life are too rare, too valuable to be forgotten when they have passed; we should hoard them as a miser hoards his gold, and bring them to light and rejoice over them often. We should all of us have a treasury of happy memories to sustain us when life is unbearably cruel, to brighten the gloom a little, to be stars shining through the darkness.”
― Alfred Wainwright
It is not merely a study of life, but an experience of life.
“When we see with clear eyes, we know that we are surrounded by beauty. Let yourself fall in love with your life by paying attention”. John Muir Laws
What you will discover, observe, sketch and journal throughout the year:
Birds: anatomy, identification, calls, nests, eggs, feathers, behaviour, flight.
Wildflowers: seasonal, form, function, symmetry, foreshortening, herbarium pages, patterns.
Insects: bees, butterflies, spiders, dragonflies, beetles etc.
Animals: mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Water Bodies: pond life, lake life, waterfalls.
Forest Floor: ferns, lichen, moss and fungi.
Trees: leaves, bark, branches, seedpods, flowers, habitat.
Rocks: Minerals, fossils, caves, mountains.
Landscapes: block landscapes, maps, cross sections, habitats.
Celestial: moon mapping, constellations, and snow flakes (if we are lucky!)
Weather: skies, clouds, sunrises/sunsets, storms, rainbows.
Skills you will be taught throughout the year:
How to sketch in the field, diagramming, event recording, sound recording
Researching relevant and interesting information using internet, apps, and books
Using your own unique voice and point of view
Designing your journal pages
Keeping on track and recording the seasons as they happen around you
Observing changes over time
The importance of connection to your environment
Using your art materials: blending, tone, texture, value, shading, colour, details, rendering.
Perspective, composition, shortcuts and hacks.
Creating a perpetual journal of archival quality. A keepsake to be cherished and passed down one day.