The Nature Nook

A Monthly Membership for Nature Sketchers

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The Nature Nook

A Monthly Subscription for Nature Journaling Enthusiasts

The Nature Nook is a monthly subscription program that includes access to my complete library of online nature sketching, journaling, and painting courses as well as new content each month to keep you inspired and engaged.

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.

Student Testimonials

“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!

-Chris Fisher

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Exclusively Designed For:

- Nature Lovers

- Outdoor Educators

- Homeschooling Families

What's Included


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.
  • 150+ 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
    • Discover and Sketch Seashells


  • 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.

Student Testimonials

"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

Course Curriculum

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Courses Included with Purchase

Discover Nature Sketching
Inspiration and Tips for Sketching Outdoors
1 Course Bundle
Sketching Fishes of the World
A Course on the Biology of Fishes and How to Sketch Them
Christine Elder
Colorful Botanicals
Drawing and Painting Realistic Flowers
Christine Elder
Welcome to Watercolors
Learn the Foundations of Painting with Watercolors
1 Course Bundle
Spark Your Creativity
A Course on Igniting Your Unique Artistic Style
Christine Elder
Sketching Neotropical Birds
Christine Elder
Discover and Sketch Herptiles
Learn About Amphibians and Reptiles and How to Sketch Them!
Christine Elder
Stick Figures to Songbirds in Just 60 Minutes
A Six Step Roadmap to Sketching Success!
Christine Elder
Discover and Sketch Seashells
Christine Elder
Discover the History of Artists' Pigments
Make and Use Your Own Homemade Paints
Christine Elder

Original Price: $862

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 membership starts as soon as you join and lasts as long as you pay your monthly subscription fee.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have access each month that you pay for the subscription. Once you cancel your subscription you will no longer have access to the content.
What if I am unhappy with this program?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us anytime and we will cancel your membership (though we'll be sad to see you go!). Like all Teachable platform courses, The Nature Nook comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. So we will gladly refund your latest month's payment if requested. Unfortunately, any payments made previous to 30 days are not refundable as per Teachable platform policies.

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

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