Intro to Nature Journaling Class- Level 1- Fall 2020

Do You:

Enjoy nature but don’t know what you’re seeing?

Want to be more confident in drawing nature?

Want to start a nature journal but don’t know how?

Join the Intro to Nature Journaling course

Here’s what we’ll explore in this introductory class live online in a small group class:

We’ll explore:

  • basics of keeping a nature journal,
  • what tools to use,
  • practice techniques to improve sensory awareness,
  • improve drawing and naturalist skills,
  • learn how to move beyond potential mental roadblocks,
  • and learn how to cultivate this practice in your life.

After this class, you will have gained the tools to:

  • see nature more deeply and develop naturalist skills
  • be more confident in drawing and recording nature in your journal.
  • know how to set up your nature journal pages
  • cultivate a sense of curiosity and wonder
  • deeper sense of connection with the natural world
  • have a tool kit of activities for further developing your skills

And if you are someone who thinks they can’t draw, not to worry. Drawing is a skill that improves with some guidance and practice, so anyone CAN learn to draw.

In nature journaling, we focus on the process (of observing nature) over creating a product (of a pretty page). Join us and you’ll get the basics to get started building your skills!

Class Details

Begins Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020

6pm-7:15pm Pacific Time

Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9, and 16

Cost  $179 tuition

  • 6 weekly live online sessions (recordings will be available)
  • Private group for the class: digital bulletin board to share pages, and ask questions between classes
  • Bonus 30-min private call with Melinda for personalized guidance
  • Class handouts
  • Recordings of all classes

Supplies Needed: Have a sketchbook and pencils.

Other optional items: Colored pencils or watercolor, with water brush

Class topics:

Nature Journaling Foundations:

  • What, why, where, and How of Nature Journaling
  • Words, Pictures and Numbers
  • Quiet the inner critic
  • Observational drawing techniques
  • Using Senses: Hearing, seeing, touching
  • Cultivating a nature journal practice
  • Drawing warm-up practices to train your eye and hand
  • Live demonstrations of nature journaling
  • Activities and prompts

To register:

To register: Send an email with your name, email address and Phone number.


Or Venmo: @Melinda-Nakagawa

After your payment is received you will get email confirmation.

Payment options and tuition assistance available, please ask.
If you’d like to help a fellow nature journaler attend this class, donations to the scholarship fund are grateful accepted.

Your instructor: Melinda Nakagawa

Hi, I’m Melinda. I’ve committed much of my life to guiding people into nature so they can developing a deeper relationship with the natural world. Nature journaling bridges nature, art, and science together. It expands our understanding of nature and creates lasting memories.

I’ve kept a nature journal for over 22 years, and its evolved quite a bit over that time. Let me share with you what I have learned on my journey, so you can jump right into nature journaling with confidence!

What students are saying about this class:

“Melinda has a great way of acknowledging all levels and honoring them. I appreciated her science background and how she encouraged us.” -Laura Callaghan

“Your classes have made me a better observer and added so much quality to my life.  You’ve helped me to enjoy rather than just work in my garden, and see the diversity of life around me.  Thank you so much.” – Della Bossart

“My drawing confidence has increased tremendously. I definitely look at nature with a new lens. I’m more curious (and I am already pretty curious!) Melinda is super encouraging and very knowledgeable as well as experienced (she’s been journaling for years and years). I love that she shows us her own process in the live video classes and shared her journal pages with us. Very inspiring!” – Gurusurya Kaur

“Melinda breaks everything down really simply and explains things well. She demonstrate things well and is very supportive and encouraging. I am now more confident in how to and what to journal. The class kept me engaged in completing pages throughout the week.” -Hollie Mansfield

“This class exposed me to many elements of art and drawing in digestible and non-threatening ways. As a result of the class, I am more observant and curious and I notice more things in nature than I did before. Melinda opened my eyes and mind to the fun of nature journaling. Her helpful comments about the flexibility of nature journaling freed me from intimidation and judgment.” -Constance Constable

1 thought on “Intro to Nature Journaling Class- Level 1- Fall 2020”

  • I have taken this class. I give it my highest recommendation. I am a retired public school art teacher with 33 years experience in art education. I’ve seen scores of art educators during my career. I can definitively state that Ms. Nakagawa is an expert educator. She is a positive force, able to reach and inspire the creative energies in all artists, from novice to experienced. I can personally attest to the positive influence she has gently exerted on my own abilities. Ms. Nakagawa teaches in the most natural, caring, and encouraging manner I have seen in my career in art education.

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