Adult NatureSketch classes in Toronto officially kicked off last weekend at Evergreen Brickworks. The students spent a gorgeous afternoon sketching and learning about wetland ecology from Naturalist Lauren Moretto. Lauren works for the Ministry of Natural Resources where she surveys wetlands.
This former quarry and brick manufacturing factory is now a thriving green space teeming with wildlife. Chimney Swifts are numerous, while at pond level, frogs and turtles can be easily seen. A real delight was spotting a large Snapping Turtle swimming past us as we crossed over the boardwalk.
The first art lesson was on Line Work and I showed the group one of Bob’s leaf sketches while demonstrating how to achieve expressive lines using pencil. Each student then proceeded to sketch their own leaf and their efforts look fantastic! Later, the participants worked on sketching wetland plants with Lauren pointing out the distinguishing features between the various native and non-native species which inhabit the pond.
Thank you Lauren Moretto for stopping in to chat about wetlands with the Nature Sketch artists! The drawings in our sketchbooks become much richer when we understand our subjects beyond their external appearance.
Next class we’ll be sketching in one of Toronto’s wild ravines.
Happy Nature Sketching!