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Community building with sketchbook journaling

December 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am PST

Join guest Vicky Earle to talk about community and exploring “naturehoods”

Nature sketchbook journaling is a powerful tool to connect with community on many levels. When we use our sketchbooks to connect with the world around us, we become part of the inspirational, worldwide community of nature journalers. Our sketchbooks also allow us to share our passion with others closer to home – family, friends, neighbors, students, even strangers passing by. But most importantly, sketchbook journaling connects us with our natural world communities in profound ways – and this is its most incredible superpower!   

Join guest Vicky Earle to talk about community, exploring “naturehoods” – the topic of her new book – and her favorite mushrooms: bird’s nest fungi.

Natural science, medical, and botanical illustrator Vicky Earle delights in connecting people to nature through art. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in medical illustration and biocommunications, Vicky moved to the West Coast and has called Vancouver home for over three decades. After working in the health care profession for thirty years, she is now dedicated to sharing natural history stories that take place every day all around us. Her goal is to help foster curiosity and an affinity for the natural world by encouraging people to follow their own art practice. Her preferred medium is watercolour on paper, occasionally using metalpoint and mixed media. She has kept sketchbooks throughout her career and began a dedicated sketchbook journal practice in 2014. Most recently, she is the author of “Exploring Vancouver Naturehoods: An artist’s sketchbook journal” and “Duets: The Dance of Symbiotic Relationships”.

Vicky’s work has been part of numerous international juried exhibitions, including Focus on Nature at the New York State Museum. She represented Canada during the Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition, a groundbreaking collaboration between botanical artists, organizations, and global institutions that created and exhibited botanical artworks of native plants found in each of twenty-five participating countries. Vicky is a member of Nature Vancouver, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the American Society of Botanical Artists, and a Signature member of the Artists for Conservation. For updates on current projects and artwork, visit her website drawinnature.com and follow her Instagram @drawinnature.

All ages and experience levels are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Suggested donation: $20. Your donation helps support me and my family. Your generosity is deeply appreciated and it makes an immediate difference in my ability to continue to offer these programs. Your donation is tax-deductible. Click here to donate. If you are not able to donate at this time, no problem–please continue to enjoy the classes and find another way to pay it forward in your community with acts of kindness and service. Thank you!

If you are new to Zoom or are having trouble with the meeting controls, please see these notes and suggestions on Zoom Tips for Online Classes with John Muir Laws to help you get more out of the online workshop. When possible I will also make a recording of the workshop and post it on my blog. I look forward to seeing you there!


  • Your Journal and favorite drawing materials. Taking notes while you watch and participate will help you remember the new techniques and incorporate them into your journaling.
  • Your sense of humor!
$20 Suggested Donation

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