I love observing and experiencing nature. I love visiting lakes, prairies, or forests, but there is A LOT of nature to witness and explore just looking out your window, walking down your block, at a park, an empty lot, or your own backyard.
WHAT IS “NATURE”?
What is nature? WHY?
What isn’t nature? WHY?
What does nature look like where you live?
WHY EXPLORE NATURE?
Taking time to be curious about, observe, and let ourselves marvel at different things outdoors can teach us so much about ourselves as well as the importance of things that are different than us. Also - when you become a good observer of nature you develop the power to find a lot of beauty where most people can’t. For more on this idea check out the post “Let the World Entertain You”
WHAT’S IN YOUR KIT
1 texture drawing page
1 magnifying glass drawing page
1 zip lock bag for specimens
1 copy of Reading The Landscape
*TO REQUEST A KIT SEND A MESSAGE IN THE CONTACT SECTION!
WHERE TO START?
A newsletter called READING THE LANDSCAPE is included in your Kit. It includes some strategies for starting to explore outside.
“Walking Algorithm” the newsletter shares different artists' strategies for exploring and observing through a walking algorithm. Try it out and make your own!
“Questions for Curiosity” has sets of questions made to help you start observing and thinking about what you see around you in a fresh way.
“Tool Exchange” section invites you to use a tool used by a naturalist but in a new landscape. Read the Walking Algorithm section to learn about how someone else observes the outdoors and use the diagram to give it a try.
Documenting or recording your experience in nature gives you a resource for deeper understanding as you make connections between different places or as you return to the same place. There is no wrong way of doing this - write, draw, photograph, etc... what you see, smell, taste, hear, and think while you are outside.
SEE - WONDER - CONNECT
Another great way to start observing is by using the thinking habit –
What do you see? What do you wonder (or what questions do you have)? What connections do you make? (a connection is when you can find a similarity or it reminds you of something else you’ve seen or learned before)
This habit is borrowed from “The Artful Thinking Palette” created by Project Zero.
WHAT WILL YOU MAKE NEXT!?!
What catches your eye or what inspires you! Do you want to write about it? Draw a picture of it? Make a song for it? Dance or move like it?
OR TRY THESE...
PATTERNING FROM NATURE - Drawing or Painting
Take one or more elements from your texture drawing page and try creating a pattern - (something with one or more elements that repeat)
*Try carving that pattern into a piece of foam to create a stamp! the foam tray from meat or vegetables is a great foam surface for creating stamps.
NATURE STILL LIFE OR COLLECTION - Drawing or Assemblage
Create bouquet or display of collected items from your exploration
You could set them up like a still life and draw them or find a vase, box, shelf, jar to contain your objects and arrange and enjoy them as beautiful decoration.