Discover Nature Sketching

Inspiration and Tips for Sketching Outdoors

Hey, Nature Lover!

Imagine this: it's a beautiful day and you take a stroll out in nature. You sit next to a tranquil pond, a meadow's edge, a sandy beach or under a big tree. With sketchbook in hand, you draw the scene with ease, confidence and joy.

Discover Nature Sketching will help you develop a meaningful and fun nature sketching practice by providing inspiration, creative prompts, video tutorials and printable guides.

Topics Covered

  • Benefits of a nature sketching and journaling practice.
  • What you'll learn about nature through documenting what you see.
  • Creative suggestions for what to sketch both at home and around your region.
  • Tips for fostering a regular practice of sketching.
  • Supplies you'll want for sketching in the great outdoors.
  • Video tutorials on foundational pencil sketching techniques.
  • Video workshops on cool critters including seahorses and hummingbirds to name a few!

Student Testimonial

"There is nothing more grounding for me than sitting outside and taking in the beauty of our natural environment. Thanks to Christine, I’ve realized how therapeutic nature sketching can be!"

- Tabitha Stevenson, online student

Who this course is for

  • Nature lovers
  • Environmental educators
  • Homeschooling families
  • Science educators

Printable Workbook

Course includes this downloadable booklet of high-resolutions references photos that you can practice sketching from.

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Course Curriculum


Discover Nature Sketching is bundled with my drawing mini-course; Stick Figures to Songbirds in Just 60 Minutes. This 3-video course gets beginners up and running in no time with my six-step road map to sketching success. So even if you've never drawn before, you'll gain the skills and confidence to explore the natural world with your sketchbook.

“I absolutely love all the classes Christine Elder teaches. She is a excellent instructor that uses education, skill and humor to teach. You will not only learn how to draw a bird, reindeer or pangolin... but, also all about the animal, it's environment and how we can help them survive. I really like her classes and tell anyone who is thinking about taking one to "go on and take a break from your everyday busy life, learn something, craft a skill, and have fun too."

- Elaine Bishop, online student

Courses Included with Purchase

Stick Figures to Songbirds in Just 60 Minutes
A Six Step Roadmap to Sketching Success!
Christine Elder

Original Price: $12

Student Testimonial

"Christine helped me to become more confident and excited about drawing. As a big-picture ecologist, I’ve thoroughly loved getting back into the habit of slowing down and focusing on the smaller details. I feel like I’ve become a better artist AND a better biologist! Plus, Christine’s videos are very approachable, educational, and fun"

- Nicole Weprin, online student

Your Instructor

Christine Elder
Christine Elder

I’ve been drawing and painting nature all my life and love sharing the joy I experience when I’m in the field with students.

As a former classroom teacher, I know how to lead students in a logical, step by step progression, giving them the knowledge to proceed with skill and confidence.

My advanced degrees in both biology and scientific illustration inform my work and teaching style.

I travel regularly, sketching the flora and fauna I encounter and teaching workshops to both adults and youth in such diverse places as Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, and the United States.

I make my home in central Oregon, on the eastern slope of the volcanic Cascades mountain range, where the pine forests meet the sage steppe.

When not teaching, I enjoy hiking, bird watching and horseback riding.

Questions? Feel free to contact me via email at: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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