Botanical Arts Journaling

Explore the farm, river, and forest landscapes through art
with Maria Hodkins & Mary W. Barnes
July 26 thru July 28, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
[Friday, Saturday, & Sunday]

ABOUT | Join us for a three day exploration of the plants and the places they grow in the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River. Learn how keeping an illustrated nature journal is an ideal tool for observing, discovering, and recording the natural world. We will introduce you to a different setting each day exploring the ecology of the farm, river, and forest plant communities. Gain new insights into the interrelationships of each plant community by practicing skills of observation and looking deeply into the landscape.

Mornings will be spent learning new techniques for drawing and painting, with afternoons full of botanical information, introduction to medicinal plants and deepening your skills with guided sketching exercises and time for recording your musings, writings, and field notes in your journal. Maria and Mary have diverse and complimentary professional backgrounds. Together they will weave in the experience of a naturalist and an herbalist into each day’s teachings. The workshop is three days of slowing down, creating beautiful journals, gaining insights into the world of medicinal plants and learning about the habitats supporting the plant and animal communities of farm, river and forest landscapes. Come reconnect with the magnificence of the natural world in a meaningful and personal way. When you register for this workshop, a Materials List will be emailed to you.

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INSTRUCTOR | Maria Hodkins
is a multi-media artist, writer, bookbinder, and naturalist, and keeps illustrated field journals celebrating nature and natural history. She is a former naturalist-interpreter for Colorado State Parks, and has taught programs and workshops in field/nature journaling, nature sketching, and bookbinding in places such as Yellowstone National Park, Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Illustration Program, and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, as well as in schools, art centers, and private groups. Some of her sketches are featured in the book Artist’s Journal Workshop, by Cathy Johnson.

Maria is also a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a Certified Traditional Foods Instructor. She believes as Hippocrates did, in food as medicine, and loves the plant kingdom for all it offers in nutrition and healing for the body. She is also a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Nutritional Therapy Association.

INSTRUCTORS | Mary W. Barnes
comes from a family rich in a history of artistic lineage. Embracing all creative artistic endeavors, both two dimensional and three dimensional, she previously worked in fabric, clay, and silver. Currently her focus is working within the discipline of botanical illustration. She is a lifelong student of people, plants and place. Botanical Illustration gives her the niche to express this relationship. She is a graduate of the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists

A twenty two year career in medical herbalism has given her a deep knowledge of medicinal plants, and the relationships between herbal medicines and the people who use them. Mary is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, and holds two certificates in nutrition from the American Health Sciences University and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. Currently she is the Clinic Program Director at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and a core faculty member at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.

Mary finds botanical illustration to be a natural extension of working as a professional herbalist, visually connecting people to the plants in their landscapes. She is an experienced teacher, mentor and cultivator of community; using pencil, pen and brush, she introduces students to observing their world through a new lens.

DATES | July 26 thru July 28, 2019 [Friday, Saturday, & Sunday]
Arrival on Thursday night. Class starts promptly at 10:00 am Friday.

TIME | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
LOCATION | Elderberry’s Farm, Paonia, Colorado
CLASS COST | $ 325.00 [Meal Plan Includes Breakfast & Lunch]