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Nature Journaling: 4 Ink and Paint Lessons to Observe Like a Scientist. (Flex)

In this four-lesson course, students will set up a nature journaling practice and try four different journaling lessons. We will do some seasonal observations in ink and watercolor paint in each lesson.
Teacher Amanda Bestor
37 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings

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Class Experience

Students will learn:
- Why I love nature journaling and find it to be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby.
- How to set up your journal and how to add to your journal with notes and sketches.
- How to care for plants and nature while you journal.
- Ways to identify native plants.
- Why do living things have common and scientific names?
- How to draw animals that are moving.
- Four ways to journal when you aren't sure how to start an entry.
The goal is to leave with the beginnings or continuation of nature journaling practice.
I am an experienced classroom, afterschool program, and summer camp teacher. I have a degree in Environmental education and experience nature journaling with students in K-8th Grade.
Set up homework: 
- Find a journal that you can use as a nature journal. I like a moleskin journal, but you can use anything, even unlined paper stapled into a little booklet.
- Watch the introduction video and set up your journal.

Week one homework: 
- Watch the video, 'Zoom in, Zoom Out,' and try the lesson in your journal. 

Week two homework: 
- Watch the video,' The naming of names,' and try the lesson in your journal.

Week three homework:  
- Watch the video, 'Gesture sketching moving animals,' and try the lesson in your journal.'

Week four homework:  
- Watch the video, 'Collections,' and try the lesson in your journal.'

Share your drawings on the Padlet so you can connect with other naturalists.
 2 files available upon enrollment
- Watercolor paint, pens, or watercolor pencils. - A water brush or a paintbrush and a little Tupperware container of water to take into the woods. - Watercolor paper, a moleskin journal, or thick painting paper - A pencil and a fine point sharpie, archival, or micron pen.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There is no formal assessment, but I like to see students leaving class confident about trying other nature journaling on their own.
Students should ask questions and respond to other students as appropriate.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be asked to draw and journal in a natural space. If you live in a city then your student can draw from a city or in your local park. They could even complete this while looking out a window if going somewhere outside is not possible. 

Students will have access to a class Padlet where they can see images of and like the work of others. All posts need to be approved by me, so only appropriate posts will go up. The Padlet works like a giant bulletin board where students can see their peer's work and get more ideas about what to try on their own. They can also ask questions in the classroom and share techniques that worked. I will also use Google slides to show reference images to look at. When parents enroll in the class they will get a QR code and a video on how to post on Padlet. Padlet is free to join. I just log in with my Google account.


Teacher Amanda Bestor
Lives in the United States
Creative Courses for Lifelong Learners
37 total reviews
77 completed classes

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