NatureArt Lab

Studio Art Course and Field Program: CONNECT WITH NATURE THROUGH NATURE JOURNALING: 4 February to 4 March 2022 (Beginners)

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Be curious and connect with nature through nature journaling with experienced tutor and NatureArt Lab Director Julia Landford! 

About the tutor: 

Julia Landford has enjoyed a lifetime of observing and engaging with nature from her childhood in Papua New Guinea to her current art interests and journaling practices.  Her passion for nature led to the establishment of NatureArt Lab in 2017. She has taught many nature journaling programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Julia attended the first Nature Journaling Conference in the United States in 2019 led by John Muir Laws and Clare Walker Leslie. She has undertaken her own research on nature connections, ecopsychology and the benefits for mental health and well-being through nature engagement. Participants in Julia's nature journaling classes have described the sessions as 'life-changing' and 'creating new perspectives on nature and its importance in our lives'. Julia has led many nature journaling programs at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, as well as nationally for wildlife carers from all Australian states. She has been an invited guest speaker for the Australian Association of Environmental Educators, and has presented at a number of conferences on her nature journaling interests including at the Guild of Natural History Illustration Conference (GNSI - (Brisbane, 2019), the EcoArts National Conference (Wollongong, 2019) and the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE, 2021). 

About the course: 

There's nothing like a walk in nature to calm the mind and remind us that the world is a wonderful place. During this five-week nature journaling course you will learn about the principles and practice of nature journaling, along with insights into the importance of nature connections for humans.

During the first week of the course at the studio, Julia will explore ecopsychology, the benefits of connecting with nature and talk through essential drawing, writing and observation skills to take into the field for your nature journaling practice. She will discuss the key elements of being a naturalist and explore the key steps for nature journaling using the natural history collection in the studio. Nature journaling is all about learning to see, promoting curiosity, asking questions and starting to notice things around you.

The following four weeks will be based at the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park  (STEP) at Forest 20, in the National Arboretum Canberra, with field observations and journaling practice. STEP is a regional botanic garden, education and ecosystem recovery centre for the Southern Tablelands. 

Participants will be able to observe flora and fauna of wet and dry sclerophyll forests of our region, an ephemeral wetland and indigenous food and fibre plants of our region. Expert guides will provide botanical information on plants from each of these ecosystem types, and participants will have the opportunity to observe, journal and learn about the some of the fascinating interrelations between plants and animals. 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 Southern Tablelands region. 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 beautiful 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:  4 February - 4 March 2022

Days/Times: Fridays, 9.30am - 12.30pm


- Week 1 - NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith;

- Weeks 2 - 5 - Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park, Forest 20, National Arboretum, Canberra.

View from STEP to Black Mountain dry schlerophyl forestGrassesacaciaeucalypt leaves