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Nature Journaling Classes at Edison Ford in February

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 9, 2015

nature journaling class 1 feb 2015Throughout history, explorers documented discoveries from other countries, herbalists described useful plants, and gardeners recorded specimens for their beauty. Their drawings and observations expanded our knowledge of useful and beautiful flora, and taught us about the world we live in. No matter the purpose, sketching not only sharpens our observation skills and improves hand-eye-brain coordination, but also helps us create new sorts of connections. Illustrating the natural world can be a wonderful adventure and learning tool; when we draw something, we get to know it on an intimate level.
In this class, participants will join Elizabeth Smith for an introduction to nature journaling, a combination of sketches and text. Drawing skills are helpful but not required. Our goal is to experience the process, and to broaden our connection to the natural world. Elizabeth Smith is a recognized nature artist who was one of ten Florida artists invited to participate in the Greater Everglades Conservation Atlas project, and a longtime Florida Native Plant Society member. She has illustrated several works, the most recent being Peggy Lantz’s book Florida’s Edible Wild Plants: A Guide to Collecting and Cooking, and a coloring book for The Butler Chain of Lakes Conservation Association.
She began keeping a nature journal for her own enjoyment, publishing her pages in an online blog. She has taught workshops at the last two Florida Native plant Society conferences, and at the Naples Botanical Garden, encouraging others to keep a nature journal as a way to connect with nature in a new way.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 ~ Nature Journaling with a focus on leaves
Saturday, February 14, 2015 ~ Nature Journaling with a focus on flowers
Saturday, February 21, 2015 ~ Nature Journaling with a focus on landscape
TIME: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$75 Edison Ford Members; $90 nonmembers
$200 Edison Ford Members; $250 nonmembers

Visit our website to download the class flyer for more details.

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