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A Spark of Color-Colored pencil techniques for nature journaling

September 12 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT

What we’ll be doing:

Jan Ruby-Crystal will be teaching us techniques to get your started with using colored pencil in your nature journal. Jan is a member of the MBNJC online community and a retired art teacher, and amazingly skilled artist.

We will learn seven techniques for using colored pencils and watercolor pencils. Then we will discover ways to use these techniques to add color to your nature journaling.

Join us for a day of playing with colored pencils and nature journaling!


Start at 9:30 am- end at 12 noon Pacific Daylight. Schedule:

  • We start with the workshop, practice together
  • The leave the computer to practice what we just learned in our nature journal outside in our own nearby nature,
  • Return to Zoom for sharing our discoveries and journal pages. ***This is THE BEST part- not to miss!!

Who can attend

Open to all levels. No experience needed. If you are new to nature journaling, you might like the Intro to Nature Journaling Course- see here.

Registration Required:

Link to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

What to bring

Open to all levels!

Please have with you:

  • Your sketchbook (or drawing paper or paper with slight texture, or printer paper will be fine too)
  • 12 or so colored pencils that should include warm and cool yellows, magenta, red and blue, sky blue and ultramarine. Additional colors could include greens and browns, purple and orange. (These make coloring faster for field work.)
  • NOTE: if you only have a few colored pencils that will be fine too! (yellow, magenta, cyan, blue)
  • One of the following pens: permanent marker (Sharpie), ballpoint pen or waterproof ink pen
  • You will also need a tiny amount of Vaseline or any brand of petroleum jelly. and a Q-tip and tissue, an eraser.
  • Download and print the handouts.


Jan Ruby-Crystal, 2021 
Jan Ruby-Crystal is a Faculty Emerita of The State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania, where she was a professor of Art and Design and Department Chair at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, part of the PA System of Higher Education.. 

Since moving to the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts in 2013, she has been teaching art classes at the Smith Campus School, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and the Center for the Arts. 

Jan teaches Botanical Illustration, Watercolors, Mixed Media, Colored Pencils and Pastels. She is Director and Founder of Arcadia’s Art House. Jan exhibits her art throughout the Valley and New York City. 

She is the 2016 recipient of the Outer Cape Artists Residency in painting. Jan has an art studio in her home where she strives to spend five or more hours a day actively engaged in her artmaking practice. 


Donation Based

$20 Suggested Donation. Make a donation here.  See you Sunday!

Thank you for your support to make nature journaling accessible to all!


September 12
9:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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