Art lesson: Nature journal

Published by Lori Pickert on March 29, 2008 at 02:33 PM


Nature Journal Posts

Nature journaling: supplies

Make a field bag from recycled clothing

Watercolor techniques

Drawing outdoors

Get closer to wildlife at the nature center

Watercolor prints

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Spring has arrived and our homeschool art class is moving outdoors.

We'll be working on a long warm-months natural journaling project.

If you're following along at home, you will need a sketchbook, pencil, colored pencils, watercolors (I like Prang), and an old water bottle.

First step will be to make a field bag to carry our supplies!

While you're going through the winter clothes and deciding what to discard or donate, keep an eye out for an old pair of jeans or khakis — they make awesome bags. Check in next week for instructions!

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If you send me a link, I will make a blogroll of people who are in our virtual class. And don't forget to join the Camp Creek Art Flickr group! All you need to participate in Flickr is a Yahoo e-mail. Any questions? E-mail me!


Comment by Kathie on March 29, 2008 at 03:46 PM

What an awesome opportunity, thank you! :)

Comment by MamaBird on March 29, 2008 at 05:19 PM

ok, we are in (5yo and I)!

Comment by estea on March 29, 2008 at 05:40 PM

"that's awesome" hat tip: T

so we were JUST thinking of doing this on our own. bought new *natural journals* for the small dudes. *collective aahh*

where do i sign ? ? ? :^)


Comment by Lori Pickert on March 29, 2008 at 06:02 PM

you're in like flynn, e

why do anything all by our lonesome when we could do it *together*?!

you will groove on my field bag goodness, i feel certain.


Comment by estea on March 29, 2008 at 06:12 PM

that should have been *nature journals*, not *natural journals*, which sounds kind of organic and post-consumer, which these are not.

just thought i should clear that up.


Comment by Lori Pickert on March 29, 2008 at 06:46 PM

hey, i typo'ed "natural journaling" in my post but decided to keep it because it's so julia cameron-y and charlotte mason-y.

Comment by michelle gragg on March 30, 2008 at 12:29 AM

Sign us up. We may be in and out as finals are looming in a few weeks but we are slowly moving along. So we would love the accountability of doing this and also we will go join the flickr group. Michelle

Comment by Lori Pickert on March 30, 2008 at 02:00 AM

great, michelle :^) this is going to be spread out for weeks and weeks, and you can do it whenever you like, so there are no schedule problems!

good luck with your finals!

Comment by kristen on March 30, 2008 at 05:48 PM

I have been wanting to do this with my girls so I guess this is just the push we need-so count us in Me and 2 girls! SO is this all I do, just sign up and then follow your blog? I am typically confused.

Comment by Lori Pickert on March 30, 2008 at 08:58 PM

yes, kristen, i'm just making a blogroll for anyone who wants a link to their blog - all you have to do is play along at home, and if you want to, you can share pictures in our flickr group:


Comment by Lori Pickert on March 30, 2008 at 09:00 PM

or .. i guess if you are NOT a flickr member and don't want to be, but you want to share pictures anyway, feel free (any of you lovely readers) to just e-mail me pictures to

lori :: AT SIGN :: campcreekpress ::this is where the DOT goes :: com

!! :^D) !!

Comment by Lori Seaborg on March 31, 2008 at 02:25 AM

Oh, yes, we would love to be in!

Comment by Stefani on March 31, 2008 at 02:50 AM

count us in!

Comment by Lori Pickert on March 31, 2008 at 06:44 PM

stef, if you didn't join in today i was going to hunt you down. ;^)

welcome, lori!

Comment by Jill on March 31, 2008 at 10:51 PM

We'll play too!

Funny "natural journal" discussion. As long as it's not au naturel. We might decide it's not for us esp. up here where it's always winter and never Christmas :)

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 1, 2008 at 12:48 AM

jill, i can't believe we weren't hooked up on flickr ;^)

lol re: au naturel journaling - now you're going to bring in all the weirdos to my site .. sigh ;^)

Comment by molly on April 1, 2008 at 03:18 AM

you know i'm in.
do we have a secret handshake yet?

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 1, 2008 at 04:31 AM

well, it's about time. ;^)

and sssh! you know the handshake is a club thing .. and the club is coming! it really is!

i'm afraid i've jinxed us all into 6 more weeks of winter by talking about taking things outdoors. is the sun *ever* going to come out here?!

Comment by michelle gragg on April 1, 2008 at 01:07 PM

Can I put a link up to this on the little people blog and mine. I suggested your site to some moms in our homeschool co op and they were very excited about the lessons. I want to share it with other people. So they can start their journals. Let me know.

Comment by kirsten on April 1, 2008 at 07:25 PM

my daughter will love this! (she's 7)

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 2, 2008 at 01:35 AM

michelle, of course! share, share, share. i appreciate your spreading the word. ;^)

yay, kristen, and welcome :^)

Comment by Jane, London on April 2, 2008 at 07:08 AM

Hi Lori
Would love to join in Alice will love this
Thanks look foward to it
Jane x

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 2, 2008 at 01:41 PM

hi jane - did you guys do some drawing over your school break? :^)

say hi to alice for us - glad you are going to play along!


Comment by Jane, London on April 2, 2008 at 05:51 PM

Hi Lori We start our spring break on Friday for two weeks as easter was so early here in London, they gave us four days off then and two weeks now. we are all laughiing at how American it sounds Spring Break we usually just call it the easter hols.

All Alice's creative efforts went into her egg mobile that converts into an easter bonnet for her school. they like me thought the idea of two in one was great there is a pic on my flickr.

alice is very interested to get the instructions on the field bag and is already telling me that she has seen some nice fabric - i have told her that she needs to think recycle fabric and help the planet - she is to be fair the most environmentally aware member of our family and would as a rule always take a bus and never the car or walk - in central london this is to be encouraged!
Look forward to more info
Jane and Alice x

Comment by stephanie on April 11, 2008 at 02:41 PM

Just found your blog, hoping I can join? 10yo son and I.

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 12, 2008 at 01:55 AM

jane, i am working on getting the field bag instructions up this weekend! :^D) maybe it will give alice some other ideas!

stephanie, of course! the more the merrier! :^)

Comment by Erin on May 1, 2008 at 11:44 PM

We're in! And my daughter (5) and son (3.5) are both LOVING it!!

Comment by Lori Pickert on May 2, 2008 at 09:26 PM

yay! thank you, erin, i'm glad you're enjoying it! :^D)

Comment by steph on June 1, 2008 at 06:52 AM

Hi Lori,
I hope I'm not too late to come on board, but I love where you're going with this and I could use the camaraderie. Maybe you can continue this into the summer season?

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