Sketching Trees and Nature Journaling


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Meeting location: We will meet in the Sierra Club building’s downstairs lobby for a short introduction at 9am. Meeting address is 50 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
– We will then walk across the street from the Sierra Club offices to the Lower Senate Park conveniently located across from Union Station / Columbus Circle, where the drawing will take place. (38.895464, -77.007474)
– In the event of rain, we will meet instead at the Botanical Gardens. If this happens, we will email everyone the evening before, so please check your email before you set out in the morning.

Other Logistics: For anyone who would like to share experiences and learn from each other’s observations, we will wrap up around 11am and gather for a brief discussion.
Space is limited so please RSVP early, and cancel at least 24 hrs before the event if you know that you won’t be able to make it.

Cost: Free. Attendees will be invited to Join ( bit.ly/memberdc ) or Donate ( bit.ly/donatesierra ) to the Sierra Club.

Cherry Trees on Capitol Grounds in Fall

Event Description:
Here in the city where trees are in danger of being taken for granted and even removed, we need to maintain our love and appreciation for them. Nature Journaling is a doorway to renewed observation and appreciation.

Sketching is a communal, friendly, open-hearted activity, and literally anyone can do it. A sketchbook or nature journal can be as personal as a diary. We’re learning to see things and connect to them by asking ourselves questions and making observations, not worrying about making a masterpiece. Artistic training isn’t essential. Field notes have been made for centuries by people with limited drawing skills, because they find their own visual language that makes sense to them. All you need is a pencil, pen, and any sort of paper. Nice sketchbooks, colored pencils and watercolor are great, but not required.  Copier paper or a composition book from Dollar Tree will work fine.

As a starting point, we will focus on John Muir Laws’ “Three Prompts for Deeper Observation” that really do open a world of new ways to see: “I notice…, I wonder…?, It reminds me of…”

That really is “square one”, a springboard for observation that can be applied to any aspect of the natural world. Trees, birds, plants, insects, anything.

The essence of what this practice can do for our quality of life is beautifully expressed here: https://johnmuirlaws.com/paying-attention/

Besides John Muir Laws’ books, you can also consider Frederick Franck‘s books on “Zen Seeing”, Cathy Johnson‘s books, Clare Walker Leslie, and many more, usually available at libraries or inexpensively via bookfinder.com.

About our guide:
Kathryn Law is a professional oil painter who never leaves home without pencil & paper. KathrynLaw.com

Cost: Free. Attendees will be invited to Join ( bit.ly/memberdc ) or Donate ( bit.ly/donatesierra ) to the Sierra Club.

Bring: All you need is a pencil, pen, and any sort of paper. A notepad, notebook, paper and clipboard, something you can write/draw on in the field. Nice sketchbooks, colored pencils and watercolor are great, but not required. Copier paper or a composition book from Dollar Tree will work fine.

Signup Restrictions: Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Cancellation Policy: Activity is held rain or shine, but may be altered due to inclement weather

Location

Lower Senate Park
50 F Street NW
Washington DC 20001

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