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Nature Journaling: The Joy of Sketching

Course Code: 1213AM

Dates: June 24, 2023

Meets: One Sat., 1-3:30PM 06/24 (MT)

Location: Colorado Free University in Lowry.

Non-Member: $56.00

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Nature invites us to explore and enjoy the world, yet often, we are too busy to respond. Would you like to deepen your connection to nature? Practicing nature journaling is a fun and easy way to slow down, tune in to the world around, and enjoy greater well-being. As you record your discoveries, you develop your observation skills and create a treasured record of small moments in your life that might otherwise slip away. In this class, we’ll incorporate mindfulness techniques to break free from the distractions that are common in daily life and practice paying close attention. With simple writing and sketching techniques, you’ll capture the beauty around you and learn to see like an artist. We’ll talk about ways to overcome obstacles to creative practice, such as not having enough time and dealing with the inner critic. Erika Walker is a Denver writer and artist and has been teaching and practicing nature journaling for many years. She has a certificate in botanical illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens. No art background is needed to enjoy this class, the purpose is the process, not the product.


Student buys and brings materials ($10-$20). Bring a sketchbook with unlined pages (at least 5 x 7 and no larger than 8x12). Bring two waterproof pens, one with a small point and one with a medium point, such as Sakura Pigma Micron 01 and Sakura Pigma Micron 03; a pencil and eraser; pen and paper for note taking and exercises. Instructor won’t be teaching about watercolor or colored pencils, but if you’d like to add color to your drawings, bring them to class for your own use. If you use water colors, make sure the sketchbook has thicker paper). Time may be spent outdoors, so dress accordingly.
Fee: $56.00

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Colorado Free University in Lowry.

CFU is at 7653 E 1st Pl. Denver, CO 80230 (NE corner of Red Cross Way & 1st Pl). From 1st Ave and Quebec St, head east on 1st Ave to the stop sign at Roslyn St. Make a left on Roslyn and then a quick right on 1st Pl, heading east 2.5 blocks (past Red Cross Way) as the parking lot is on the east side of the building. Turn left into the parking lot, once in the lot we are on your left in the 2-story light tan brick building with red tiled roof. If you hit Spruce Street you've gone too far.


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