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Event Archive - Study the changing seasons through sketching or watercolour with Nature Sketch Program: Val Lawton, Jen Burgess

Fri. January 8th 2021 - Mon. March 8th 2021 @  Online (All Ages)
Opening: Thursday 1st January 1970
Junior Nature Sketch Saturday January 9th - Saturday January 30th, 2021 10am - 11am PST Adult/Teen Nature Sketch Friday January 8th - Friday March 5th, 2021 6pm - 8pm PST Adult Watercolour Monday January 11th - Monday March 8th 6pm - 8pm PST All classes will be available to stream afterwards if you cannot make the times listed. More details are available on the Bateman Foundation website:
The Bateman Foundation are taking their Nature Sketch program online for winter, meaning their celebrated combination of art instruction and nature-study is now available no matter where you live! This increased accessibility is a small silver lining of this strange 2020 landscape, and the instructors have designed a special Canada-wide program to accommodate a broader audience.

Nature Sketch is an online art program that explores the changing seasons through sketching or watercolour. Inspired by the philosophies and artistic practices of renowned artist and environmentalist Robert Bateman, the curriculum combines art instruction with nature-study that will supplement your own adventures outdoors. This Canada-wide course will make general observations about the changing seasons, how to identify the plants and animals we see, and discuss broader environmental themes.

One thing we have certainly come to appreciate this year is the value of the natural world. Nature Sketch was created to foster deep and abiding connections with nature, offering a cultural lens to explore the world around us.

Classes start in January, 2021, with three programs to choose from: a sketching class at both junior and adult/teen levels, and a watercolour class suitable for adults. All classes are online so it's completely COVID-safe, and the ticket cost is per household, so it's a great activity for bubbles who are bored of Netflix.

Another brand new 2020 feature is the option to purchase a gift certificate for any one of these programs, making a unique Christmas present for the budding artist in your life!

More details are available on the Bateman Foundation website:

About the Bateman Foundation:
The Bateman Foundation, a national charity, is currently one of the only non-profits in Canada primarily using artwork to promote a connection to nature. One of the foundation’s core initiatives is the Bateman Gallery, which hosts a collection of works by legendary artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, along with a rotation of nature-inspired exhibits and a full schedule of programs. For more information, visit or the Bateman Gallery at 470 Belleville Street, Victoria.



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Val Lawton (Children's / Corporate illustration)

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When Val Lawton was a kid, her favourite books were the one with the simple scratchy drawings – like Winnie The Pooh, or The Twits. Val still loves the kind of illustration style that leaves something up to a reader’s imagination, and has gone on to illustrate over 30 children’s picture books for such clients as the Canadian Football Leagu... more info
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