January 11: Sketching
January 25: Water Color
$75 per class
$130 for class series
Marjorie Shropshire was born in Miami, Florida and grew up roaming the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and the east and west coasts of Southern Florida. As a result, she developed an early and lasting interest in Florida’s plants, animals, and ecosystems.
Art, science, and nature have been the focus of her personal work throughout most of her artistic career. As a visual artist, her work is deeply concerned with the conservation of Florida’s natural areas. Her projects include creating trail signage, traveling displays, interactive exhibits, and web design for The Florida Wildflower Foundation, Environmental Learning Center and The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She recently developed the concept for and acted as co-author (with Ginny Stibolt) on the book A Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard, published by the University Press of Florida (UPF) in 2018. Marjorie leads workshops based on the book, as well as workshops in the art of nature and field journaling.
Marjorie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida and is in the final semester of the master’s degree program in design and visual communication at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Nature Journaling - WATERCOLORS Saturday, January 25 9am - 12:30pm
- Learn to relate to nature through “Deep Looking” – a mixture of close observation, sketching and painting.
- Sketching is a form of visual note taking for artists and naturalists observing the world around them. Field sketches are simple drawings done while on location, and either used a reference for more detailed renderings later, or drawn in a field journal used to document sightings and identify specimens.
- Time: 9am - 12:30pm
- Learn about the history and use of nature and field journals, followed by an overview of some of the techniques to be used in the field.
- Practice journal drawing, recording observations outside, and watercolor techniques to enhance your field journal.
What we will learn and experience:
- Discover details of Florida’s native plants by learning to focus and sharpen observational skills - using drawing as a method to look closely at an object to see things that otherwise would be overlooked.
- Learn simple drawing techniques; drawing is a skill that can be learned by anyone. The goal of the journal is not to make pretty pictures but to learn how to accurately observe and record what you see.
- Learn how to integrate drawing, painting, writing, scientific observation and personal reflection in a nature journal. Gain inspiration that will encourage you to continue journaling as a regular practice that provides personal enrichment.
- Learn how to use watercolor in the field.
- Bring drinking water in a reusable water bottle (NOTE: avoid bringing bottled water in single use bottles), hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt as needed for comfort.
“… ‘Trust nothing to memory’; for the memory becomes a fickle guardian when one interesting object is succeeded by another still more interesting.” – Charles Darwin
Why keep a nature journal?
- Nature journaling is an engaging, enjoyable outdoor activity for all ages.
- It records information and observations that can become a useful record in the future. Today, journals from the past are being used to compare historic observations to present day climate change-related shifts in bird migration, bird populations, and bloom set for flowering plants, among other topics.
- Keeping a nature journal enhances learning and retention.
- Nature journaling can become a lifelong practice that generates questions about the natural world. It also encourages the search for answers to those questions.
- It provides a place where individuals can look back at past experiences. Drawing increases focus, helps memory and heightens awareness. Access the pages of your journal in the future to compare changes in nature and in your own observational skills.
- Link to John Muir Laws journaling video: https://youtu.be/lbohHexSn5c