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According to neuroscientist Dr. Christianne Strang, “99% of the time, people find that if they give up the idea that they’re not good enough, if they give up the judgment, making art actually feels good.” Drawing On Nature is a nature journaling class for all levels of experience. The primary purpose of the class is to guide participants to use wonder and attention to deepen their connections to nature. Improvements in drawing proficiency will happen naturally as a byproduct of strengthening visual literacy, learning practical tips from a teaching artist, and the practice of being fully present. Activities will be centered on objects from the natural world, encouraging growth mindset, and delighting in the unique ways each person experiences nature. The only requirements are curiosity, kindness towards self and others, and a willingness to explore drawing, writing, and numbers to document their observations, questions, and inspirations. Classes will be conducted both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and come prepared for outdoor activities. Required materials for the class are; unlined sketchbook or journal, and pencils, erasers, pens. Optional materials are colored pencils or water color paints.

Drawing On Nature
Rebecca Geekie, Tufts Alum
6 Mondays, 1:30pm - 3:30pm (9/9, 9/16, 6/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21)
Classes will be held in-person at Brooksby Village in Peabody.

Affiliated With:

University College