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Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Leslie s approachable methods for recording the natural world have inspired many people. New Orleans Times-Picayune
... a step-by-step guide to getting started in a fascinating hobby of recording on paper what you see in nature. Cleveland Plain Dealer
[C]oaches even beginners who think they cannot write or sketch but simply have a love of nature. San Jose Mercury News
... an excellent teaching tool on how to go about seeing the world in a new way. Indianapolis Star
This book was very motivating for me personally and I am ready to begin a nature journal. It could be used as a classroom supplement or a tool for personal professional development for all ages ... a good resource for informal science organizations such as museums and camps. NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers Association)
Here s a good gift book for gardeners, but also for non-gardeners who nevertheless enjoy communing with the great outdoors. Nashville Tennessean
Learn to observe nature closely, sketch with confidence, keep accurate records, narrate the changing seasons, and more. Highly recommended for those interested in art journals or nature studies. --Somerset Studio magazine
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You can experience a spirited yet tranquil exploration of the living world by creating your own nature journal. In any season, any weather, and any place, nature journaling compels us to slow down, observe, reflect, and once again embrace our connection to the living mosaic that is our environment.
Using the methods Clare Walker Leslie and Chuck Roth have developed over years of journaling teaching, "Keeping a Nature Journal" guides you in creating ongoing journals for all seasons and purposes. You'll also learn techniques from other amateur and professional nature journalists.
Simple methods for capturing what you see in sketches and words will inspire you to make journaling a part of your daily life and will help you create journals to enjoy for years to come.
Top Customer Reviews
I think this book is a great resource in any EE/nature/writing library.
If you are interested in scientific journaling, or looking for an instruction manual I do not think you'll be happy with this book. It is light on drawing technique but heavy on simple tips to get you drawing. If you desire to draw nature and record what you see/experience but don't think you can or are afraid of what your pictures will look like this will be a book you'll treasure and refer to often.
Since then my sketches have been getting better and I've added colored pencil to them and write short descriptions around them instead of pages of prose. I am hooked now and have signed up for a watercolor class. I love this book and take it out and just thumb through it sometimes when i get stressed out. I am sure that I will do the same with my journals and hope my son will look through them someday for memories of his childhood. I have been encouraging him (he's 9 now) to start his own sketch jounal and he has been.
This book contains a lot of great information and the images from Leslie's journals are amazing. I think anyone who is into nature journals (as I am) would appreciate this book, as well as those who wish to start one.
These simple words from author Clare Walker Leslie gave me the extra boost needed to buy this incredible book. I was already taken by the illustrations, as their gestural lines and coloring recalled the Vermont Nature Guide that I loved so much. Could I use drawing as a new way to record the world around me?
In my past, drawing was either a class exercise or an imaginative exploration. I have kept writing journals which occasionally led to drawing, but I was always critical of my drawing for not capturing what I saw. I'm not as worried about that now because this book is filled with tips on how to draw, what to focus on, and how to see the beauty in things. Like the deciduous trees drawing exercise alone helped me break down something big and detailed (aka scary) into five easy steps - 1) observe its shape 2) quickly sketch its contour 3) start drawing from the base 4) pick out some parts of the tree like buds and fruits to draw but bunch leaf masses so it doesn't overwhelm you 5) shade the tree in a ring to give it roundness.
If you are looking for ways to connect with nature, on your own or with a class, this book has so much to offer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The covers and pages are printed on very nice paper, the quality is excellent. If you are looking for a "how to book" this will be an excellent choice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katie
Beautiful book. Very informative with beautiful illustrations. Good for children and adults alike.Published 6 months ago by K. Polizzi
This is an amazing book with great text and drawings. Bought my first copy at a store a while ago and not only very much enjoyed it, but also started doing some nature journaling... Read morePublished 6 months ago by kolibrik
So inspiring, not only for children, but for adults too. Any age will be motivated in keeping a nature journal.Published 8 months ago by Babyboomer