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Note: Enjoyable for ages 7+. Adults are welcome and encouraged to join in!
Have you ever truly considered the infinite wonder of the foodstuffs—carrots, lemons, avocados—that may inhabit your kitchen? Join naturalists John Muir Laws and Fiona Gillogly as they invite you on a kitchen safari using the tools of nature journaling to observe and draw familiar foods in new ways. In this interactive workshop, they will share their approach to nature journaling and how to develop and hone critical thinking skills through nature journaling.
Then, you’ll select an item from your kitchen and John and Fiona will guide you through intentional observation, curious questioning, and delightful drawing to get you started on your own nature journaling practice. No prior experience as a naturalist or artist is required, simply a curious mind!
John (Jack) Muir Laws is a scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. His work intersects science, art, and mindfulness. Trained as a wildlife biologist and an associate of the California Academy of Sciences, he observes the world with rigorous attention. He looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connections in all he sees. Attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking are not gifts, but skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. As an educator and author, Jack teaches techniques and supports routines that develop these skills to make them a part of everyday life.
Fiona Gillogly, age 17, has loved art and nature since she was a little girl. In 2016, when she discovered nature journaling and the work of John Muir Laws, she was thrilled to find something that combined these two things she adored. Now a passionate nature journaler and naturalist, Fiona has created more than 2,000 journal pages since she began this journey. She especially loves to ask questions and explore mysteries with her nature journal. This past June, Birding magazine, the national monthly magazine of the American Birding Association, published Fiona’s article “A Birder’s Brain on Paper: How Keeping a Nature Journal Improves Our Birding Experiences.”
Image: Pufferfish Cucumber—Or Tomato? by Fiona Gillogly, age 15, 2018. More journal pages from Fiona can be found here.