Keeping a Nature Journal

Keeping a Nature Journal

by Clare Walker Leslie, Charles E. Roth
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Keeping a Nature Journal by Clare Walker Leslie, Charles E. Roth

Experience the splendor of nature with fresh eyes! Featuring an inspiring portfolio from Clare Walker Leslie’s nature journals, this guide offers easy-to-learn techniques for capturing the world around you in pictures and words. Encouraging you to make journaling a part of your daily routine, Keeping a Nature Journal is full of engaging exercises and stimulating prompts that will help you hone your powers of observation and appreciate new aspects of nature’s endlessly varied beauty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580174930
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 07/05/2003
Edition description: REV
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 167,904
Product dimensions: 9.31(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Clare Walker Leslie, author of The Curious Nature Guide, is a nationally known wildlife artist, author, and educator. She has been connecting people of all ages to nature using drawing, writing, and observation of the outdoors for more than 30 years. Her other books include the bestsellers Keeping a Nature Journal and The Nature Connection, as well as Nature Journal and Drawn to Nature. She lives with her husband and family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Granville, Vermont.

Charles E. Roth is a teacher of science and the environment. He was Director of Education for the Massachusetts Audubon Society for many years and is active in numerous local, regional, and national environmental organizations. Besides authoring 20 books, Charles has received many awards including the Environmental Merit Award of the EPA. He resides in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Getting Started

Discovering Nature Journaling (3)

Beginning Your Journal (17)

A Sampling of Journaling Styles (37)

Part 2: Journaling through the Seasons

The Ongoing Journal (65)

The Autumn Journal (73)

The Winter Journal (89)

The Spring Journal (105)

The Summer Journal (121)

Part 3: Learning & Teaching Nature Journaling

Getting Started with Drawing (139)

Teaching Journaling to Groups of All Ages (155)

Journaling with School Groups (163)

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Keeping a Nature Journal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
 Great Guide to Drawing Nature "Drawing even the little things helps to focus the mind, calm the spirit. There's always something to be drawn." These simple words from author Clare Walker Leslie gave me the extra boost needed to buy this incredible book. I was already taken by the illustrations, as their gestural lines and coloring recalled the Vermont Nature Guide that I loved so much. Could I use drawing as a new way to record the world around me? In my past, drawing was either a class exercise or an imaginative exploration. I have kept writing journals which occasionally led to drawing, but I was always critical of my drawing for not capturing what I saw. I'm not as worried about that now because this book is filled with tips on how to draw, what to focus on, and how to see the beauty in things. Like the deciduous trees drawing exercise alone helped me break down something big and detailed (aka scary) into five easy steps - 1) observe its shape 2) quickly sketch its contour 3) start drawing from the base 4) pick out some parts of the tree like buds and fruits to draw but bunch leaf masses so it doesn't overwhelm you 5) shade the tree in a ring to give it roundness. If you are looking for ways to connect with nature, on your own or with a class, this book has so much to offer!