Pocket and Demi Palettes sit upon two sketchbooks featuring sketches of magpies.

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Nature Journaling with Robin Lee Carlson

Illustrate Stories of the Dynamic World Around You

Nature Journaling with Robin Lee Carlson

Online Workshop

Saturday, February 10th from 10am-12:30pm Pacific

Registration closes at noon the day before the workshop, or when the workshop is full.

Join us online on Saturday, February 10th from 10am–12:30pm Pacific for Nature Journaling: Illustrate Stories of the Dynamic World Around You with Robin Lee Carlson!

Telling stories about the dynamic world around us starts with where we are right now. On the pages of our sketchbooks, we can capture the rich interconnections of place with its unique assemblage of plants and animals, water, rocks and soil.

In this workshop, Robin Lee Carlson will show you how to expressively use a brush pen and watercolor to draw and paint yellow-billed magpies, leaves, and galls on valley oaks, black walnut trees, and landscape views of her valley home in the hills. We will learn how to let sketchbook pages evolve organically as we root ourselves in our place.

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Our lessons are live streamed, which means you’ll need a computer or mobile device with access to the internet. If you’re not able to attend the live lesson, don’t worry! We send a link to a recording to all students, which will remain online for at least six months.

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An open sketchbook shows a sketch of several oak trees.
An open sketchbook showing a bright blue and white bird sitting on a fence, rests on a table top next to color pencils.
An open sketchbook showing magpie, leaf, and tree sketches sits on a cloth with color pencils.
An open sketchook depicting flowers and a mountain scene rests on beach rocks.
An open sketchbook depicting forest, plants, and insects, sits on top of a orange Art Toolkit.
Artwork by Robin Lee Carlson

Registration Details

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About the Instructor

An artist in a black and white striped shirt and black glasses faces the camera while holding a watercolor palette and brush. Wetlands are in the background.

Robin Lee Carlson is an author and natural science illustrator, building careful observations of the natural world into deeper commentary on ecology and climate change. Her work centers on field sketching eco-reportage, living documentation of the ever-accelerating transformation of ecosystems by human activity. Her first book, The Cold Canyon Fire Journals, was published in 2022 by Heyday and her work has also appeared in The Common, the literary journal of Amherst College, and in Arnoldia, the magazine of the Harvard University Arboretum. She has taught workshops that combine drawing, painting, and natural history at the past four Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conferences, as well as up and down the Pacific Coast.

Blog posts featuring Robin Lee Carlson

An artist sites on a rock, dipping a paintbrush in a Pocket Palette.

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