Last Thursday, legendary Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman was in Toronto to officially launch his latest book Robert Bateman’s Canada. This beautiful book is a visual celebration of Canada’s stunning landscapes, rural settings and natural heritage.
Along with the new book, Bob also announced the nationwide expansion of NatureSketch, a Bateman Foundation initiative, which aims to get people outdoors exploring their local wild places with a pencil and sketchbook.
I’m very proud to say that I’ll be teaming up with the Bateman Foundation to bring the Junior NatureSketch program to Toronto next spring.
The classes are 2 hours long and perfect for children ages 5 to 12 yrs.
My role is to instruct the Bateman lesson plans, communicate with parents and make sure all the kids have a great time making art.
NatureSketch will kick off next Earth Day weekend at Toronto Botanical Garden and end in June with an exhibition of the student’s artwork. Between those dates, we’ll be outside sketching wild Toronto and learning about different ecosystems with the help of expert Naturalists. Fun!
If you have children or know someone with kids who might be interested, you can reserve a spot on the sign-up page and be notified later once registration opens.
Here's a direct link to the sign-up page: Junior Nature Sketch
If you have any questions or special concerns, please leave a message in the space at the bottom of the sign-up page.
Happy Nature Sketching!
During his talk, Bob passed around one of his sketchbooks for the crowd to look through. He doesn’t carry much....just a 5 x 7 sketchbook that slips into his pocket and a black ballpoint pen. Nice and simple.
Click here to see more of Bob's sketchbook pages: Robert Bateman Sketches