NatureArt Lab

Studio and Field Program (MALENY): CONNECTING WITH NATURE THROUGH NATURE JOURNALING: 1 - 22 February 2022 (Beginners)

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Explore your curiosity and connection with the natural world through nature journaling! This 4-week course is lead by experienced tutor, field art
naturalist and NatureArt Lab Queensland Coordinator, Dion Dior.

About the tutor:
Dion Dior is a natural science illustrator, field artist, nature journaler, science communicator, instructor, and avid supporter of Citizen Science. Based in Noosa, Queensland, Dion’s work focuses on the revealing aspects of nature and biodiversity which she believes has a lifelong impact on our understanding of the natural world. Dion works primarily in graphite, watercolour, and ink. Through her instruction, she encourages collaborative learning, deep observation and field research to bring about greater skill and understanding. She believes that the journey from studio learning to field study is an interconnected dance of discovery for both Dion and her students. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University of Technology and was the List Solutions Prize gold medalist for Communication Strategy. She is Founder and Director of the Noosa & Sunshine Coast Nature Journal Club and regularly leads field trips and nature illustration workshops.

About the course:

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is known as he natural jewel of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains landscape. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which will delight with its tranquility and beauty.

Nature journaling is all about learning to see, promoting curiosity, asking questions and starting to notice things around you. The nature journal you keep becomes a priceless record of you time spent in nature and a valuable tool for expanding your understanding.

During this four-week nature journaling program you will learn about the principles and practice of nature journaling, along with insights into the extraordinary habitats of this ancient rainforest, and the importance of nature connections and advocacy.

The course will begin in the Discovery Centre and in the outdoor classroom where Dion will explore a range of materials and mediums used in nature journaling, present a series of exercises on the essential drawing, writing and observation techniques, and guide you in developing skills that you can take into the field for your nature journaling practice. She will discuss the main elements of being a naturalist and explore the key steps for nature journaling using natural icons sourced locally.

Week two will have us exploring the rainforest floor, fallen seeds, leaves, roots and the amazing creatures that live amongst them. Week three will be all about the amazing array of rainforest trees, vines, bushes, and their battle for light and resources. Finally, in week four we will turn our eyes to the canopy and explore birds, nests, food sources, neighbours, and life in the treetops.

Throughout the course participants will have the opportunity to observe, journal, sketch and learn about some of the fascinating interrelations between plants and animals in this unique part of the world. On completion of this course you will have a beautiful nature journal with a wealth of information on the key plant species and ecosystems of the Sunshine Coast. You will also have the confidence to observe, draw and write about the natural world, as well as the knowledge, skills, materials and techniques to develop a personal record of your nature experiences wherever
you are in the world.

This course is suitable for all interested nature lovers and no artistic skills are required.

A nature journaling kit will be available for those interested, and a materials list will
be provided prior to the start of the course. NatureArt Lab is monitoring the COVID
situation closely and reserves the right to postpone the course if required. COVID safe
practices will apply throughout the course.

Dates: 1 - 22 February 2022 (4 Weeks)
Days/Times: Tuesday’s 10.00am - 1.00pm
Location: Mary Cairncross Scenic Rainforest Reserve, Maleny, Queensland

Image: Nature Journaling by Dion Dior