Blue Mountains Nature Journalling

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Blue Mountains Nature Journalling

320.00

Autumn Season now open for bookings

8 week season. 3 hour sessions per week on Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm.

Enrol a season at a time and enrol in as many or as few seasons as you choose.

Are you a bushwalker, a naturalist, fancy a little biology, or backyard investigations? Would you like to create a journal of your findings, improve your art skills, and enjoy a group of lovely like minded people? Its a little bit of art and a little bit of science and a lot of enjoying nature. Complete beginners welcome. Join us for a cup of tea and some homemade cake at the studio in Wentworth Falls, before heading out on a nature walk with field journal in hand.

Summer: bookings closed (returning students please contact me if you would like to attend casually)

Autumn: 1st may - 20th June 2019 *Bookings Now Open*

Winter: June/July 2019

Spring: October/November 2019


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:

Start in the studio in Wentworth Falls for morning tea provided by Anna (tea, coffee and a delicious cake baked from organic and local ingredients) while accessing the internet, computer, ipad, books and other tools to further enhance your discoveries. In the studio you will be taught new art skills each week that will enable you to create a beautiful perpetual Nature Journal that documents the seasons and the unique nature of The Blue Mountains. Then we head out on a nature walk with field journal in hand, documenting our findings visually, and recording our observations.


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:

  • 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:

  • 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.



“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

What you will need to bring:

All items available from The Artists Store, 155 Katoomba St, Katoomba (02)4782 2866. Please support the local independent stores of The Blue Mountains. 


Field Kit:

A5 or A6 spiral bound visual diary (for exercises and field work)

Journal of your choice with good quality archival paper. (I use a “Travelers Journal” and add my own art paper inserts (homemade journals using Fabriano watercolour paper) and a “Moleskine-Watercolour Large”).

Sketching pen (black felt tip or a gel rollerball, pigment ink and waterproof)

2B pencil

Small water colour travel kit and water brush or 

Coloured pencils or aquarelles and sharpener (no more than 12-I use Faber-Castel Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils) 

Other items:

Wear casual clothes that are appropriate for the often rapidly changing weather conditions of The Mountains. Walking shoes. Please dont wear strong perfumes. Bring a refillable water bottle, a light foldable stool (if needed) or a little cushion for cold or wet grounds ( I use a supermarket cooler bag). You may want sun protection, insect protection, and have wet weather gear handy. Tissues are useful for cold windy weather. Snacks if you have food allergies/intolerances.

$320 for an 8 week Season of one x 3hr lesson per week.

email Anna for more info or questions here




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