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    DRAWING CLASS: Keeping a Nature Journal

    Keeping a nature journal is an easily accessible way to experience calm, wonder, creativity, pleasure and connection with our natural world amidst our fast paced modern lives. Unplug for a couple of hours and come learn how with Alma, an experienced naturalist, sketcher, and educator. In this class, you will learn Alma’s favorite materials and strategies for sketching and journaling about nature, both at home and in the field, and how to make an easy no-sew sketchbook. You’ll also take home a free, handmade, pocket-sized nature journal and mini-zine with nature journaling prompts. Class will begin with warm up drawing exercises to get your hands moving and creativity juices flowing. Then you’ll learn different ways to add notes, diagrams, and information alongside your nature drawings, making them into a nature journal. This class is suitable for all levels of experience. All materials will be provided.

    This class will take place at Monster. Our address is 1716 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107. It's at the intersection of 17th and NW Market Street - kitty corner from Mighty-O Donuts.

    Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins. 

    If you cannot attend class for any reason, we will offer an exchange to another class currently on our schedule up to 48 hours before the class. After that time, no refunds or exchanges are issued out of respect for our teachers who purchase and prepare supplies based on the number of attendees.

    Our current Covid protocol is that anyone attending an event can email us at to let us know they prefer that people wear masks up to 72 hours before the event begins. Your request is anonymous to all the other participants.

    Attendees will receive an email before the class to let them know If we will be requiring masks.

    About the Instructor

    Hello, I’m Alma.

    I’m a first generation immigrant from the Philippines currently living on occupied lands of the Duwamish Tribe and Coast Salish people, also called Seattle. I identify as Filipino-American and I use she/her pronouns.

    I love being close to nature and creating art.

    As a child growing up on the island of Oahu, I often came home (my mom says) from trips to the beach or woods with my pockets bulging with rocks, sticks, shells, and other natural items. I learned how to find edible fruits in the woods and edible seaweeds on the beach. My father grew both an edible and ornamental garden as I do today. As an elementary school teacher, I conducted classes in the school garden, took my students on walks in the woods and on the beach, taught them to keep a nature journal, and painted along-side my students during art class. As a now 20+ resident of the Pacific Northwest, I spend much of my time on our beaches and in the woods. I nature journal in the field and bring my experiences home as inspiration into my art.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    Sarah Miller
    Really relaxing and interesting

    This was a fun and informative class. I still remember how to make a no-sew journal from it and have since been experimenting with watercolors. Definitely recommend Alma as a teacher!