The Nature Nook
A Monthly Membership for Nature Sketchers
The Nature Nook
A Monthly Subscription for Nature Sketching Enthusiasts
This membership program is designed to help you develop a regular nature sketching and journaling practice by providing ongoing inspiration and creative prompts through video tutorials and printable guides.
My motto is “Drawing to Learn While Learning to Draw,” so in this program you’ll learn as much about the anatomy and biology of the flora and fauna we draw as you do about art tools and techniques.
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“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
“Your online workshops are a great way to experience the beauty of nature. Thank you for providing all the many great tutorials. They are easy to follow and make sketching fun.”
- Karen Peitz-Eberle
"I've come to drawing late in life, and Christine's cheer, enthusiasm, and knowledge have really helped me along. She's a fellow biologist's dream nature journaling teacher. I've purchased each of her online courses as they've become available, and she's getting me past my plateaus and onward with improvement!”
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Exclusively Designed For:
- Nature Lovers
- Outdoor Educators
- Homeschooling Families
See the current curriculum listed farther down this page!
- A library of foundational drawing, painting, and journaling tips and tutorials.
- Wildlife coloring pages for kids.
- 75+ video tutorial workshops on drawing everything from orchids to giraffes!
- Your Nature Nook subscription also comes bundled with my other stand-alone courses including:
- Stick Figures to Songbirds in Sixty Minutes
- Discover Nature Sketching
- Welcome to Watercolors
- Historical Artists Pigments and Egg Tempera Workshop
- Sketching Backyard Birds for Beginners
- Sketching Neotropical Birds
- Colorful Botanicals; Drawing and Painting Flowers
- Spark Your Creativity
Introduction to Sketching Mammals
- Discover and Sketch Herptiles
- Introduction to Sketching Fishes of the World
- Sketching Hummingbirds (mini-course)
- Foundational Drawing Skills; How to Draw Anything!
WEEKLY SKETCHING TIPS
- You'll receive a year's worth of weekly tips and short video tutorials to keep you motivated and inspired.
- Seasonal topics on fun art tools and drawing /painting techniques.
- In-depth tutorials on drawing intriguing flora and fauna like flowering plants, insects, fish, amphibians, birds and mammals.
"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 and live workshops student
“Christine’s classes are like the Rosetta Stone of drawing – you learn so easily and naturally, you don’t realize you are learning a new language.”
- Christy Wampler, online and live workshops student
“If you want to expand your experience connecting with nature, Christine's classes are the way to go! Christine just makes the world come alive as she helps you to focus and SEE the details of what you are looking at!”
- Wendy Thompson, online and live workshops student
StartStick Figures to Songbirds in Just 60 Minutes
StartFoundational Drawing Skills
StartDiscover Nature Sketching
StartSketching Fish Families of the World
StartSketching Backyard Birds for Beginners
StartSketching Neotropical Birds
StartSketching Hummingbirds (mini-course)
StartIntroduction to Sketching the World’s Mammals
StartSpark Your Creativity; Igniting Your Unique Artistic Style
StartHistorical Artist’s Pigments and Egg Tempera Making
StartWelcome to Watercolors
StartDiscover and Sketch Amphibians and Reptiles Course
Courses Included with Purchase
Original Price: $837
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]
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More Student Testimonials
“Christine's nature sketching classes are fantastic. She shares her knowledge about plants and animals in the wild--their habitat, ecosystem, development, behavior, anatomy, and more. Then she demonstrates how to draw them. I'm definitely a fan!" - Barbara Chan
"Christine's instructions are so clear and easy to follow" - Mary Ann
"I appreciate your lessons extremely, they are so simple and so profound at the same time. I'm learning a lot and looking forward to the next lesson in my inbox!" - Elizabeth
"Thanks so much!. I live in a rural area without any classes nearby so I really appreciate these lessons." - Joelle
"I love your sketching lessons and charming presentations" - Joan
“I think Christine is delightful, talented, energetic and I find her content valuable” - Susan
“Christine has much knowledge to share about nature. She also is very knowledgeable and has many ideas about sketching and drawing which is very helpful in her tutorials. Her approach translates well to drawing any subject. She is very inspirational and it is absolutely useful to know about your subject in some depth to make a great drawing.” -Dianne Schiissler