Hey, Nature Lover!
Discover Nature Sketching is a quick course designed to help you develop a meaningful and fun nature sketching and journaling practice, by providing inspiration, creative prompts, tutorials and printable guides.
It is not meant to be a complete course in drawing, but to give you a solid foundation to build upon. I will address (and hopefully conquer) the many obstacles that students in my live workshops have faced in developing such a practice.
Who Course is Designed For
"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
Bonus Content for Beginners:
This course is bundled with my foundational sketching 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.
"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
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 throughout the Western Hemisphere from Alaska to Borneo, 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: hello@ChristineElder.com
"Taking Christine's course pushed me to do things on a deadline. Her techniques helped, especially watching her do them first. And it was reassuring to see that some of her sketches were not 100% "accurate" to the original object either!!! Variation is fine! And the finished product looks great - even if it's not a "photocopy" of the original. I think I get too hung up on "it's not right" - I'm learning that "it's fine" works, too. Thank you, Christine, for putting this course together!"
- Ellen Rathbone, online student