In-person Nature Journaling and Art Workshops


Bird sketching workshop. Thursday 22nd August, 2–4.30pm – Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton – £30. Learn to draw birds in this fun interactive workshop. Using photos and video, practice getting the “jist” of a bird in as few lines as possible – perfect for improving your sketching skills. After this class, you’ll be ready to try sketching live birds at a bird feeder. The trick is in the mindset, letting go of perfection and getting into the observation of the shapes birds make. This is a beginner friendly and fully indoor class.  Suitable for any ability. Tea, biscuits and all materials provided!


Nature journaling wildflower walk. Saturday 24th August, 11-12:30 – Abbey Farm, Abbotsbury, Dorset – £16. A 1.5-hour guided wildflower walk around Abbotsbury. Learn how to make notes on wildflowers in the field to help you identify what they are! An initial demonstration and discussion will be provided, then we head out for a walk to see what we find. Sketchbook and pencil provided, suitable for any experience level. Families welcome, no unaccompanied children. Payment on the day can be arranged by email to


Devon Open Studios workshop: Introduction to Nature Journaling. Monday 16th September, 10-4– Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton – £65. In this one-day introduction to nature journaling, Alex will show you some fundamentals of nature journaling with fun prompts and exercises that are suitable for any artistic/naturalist/writing skill
level. We will begin with a simple sketchbook and pencil with a full morning of sketching by the River Coly (mobility is needed, walk approx 1.5 miles). You may bring a sketchbook if you prefer though a small book and pencil will be provided for you to keep. A printed illustrated nature journaling guide will also be provided for you to keep and use as reference. We hope for a picnic lunch by the river, weather permitting. Please bring a packed lunch but there will be an opportunity to visit the corner shop if needed. Tea and biscuits provided at the studio in the afternoon. After lunch, we will return to the studio to work the morning’s observations into a page (or more!) of paintings and writing. A pool of art materials will be available for you to
use, though you are welcome to bring your own. Tuition will focus on the use of Derwent Inktense pencils and waterbrushes (provided for you to try).

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