TorontoNatureSketch classes ended on Saturday with a trip to the High Park Gardens overlooking Grenadier Pond. Robert Bateman used to paint in the park when he lived in the neighbourhood from 1960-62. His abstract painting“Early Spring, Grenadier Pond, High Park, 1962" can be found on page 48 in his book, the Art of Robert Bateman.
We had Sally Girdler from the City of Toronto Parks Department give us a tour of the different plants and trees growing in the park. The Gas Plant (Dictamnus albus) was particularly interesting; this plant produces volatile oils which can cause the plant to catch fire given the right circumstances! After learning about the plants, the young artists were introduced to the concept of Positive & Negative space and then proceeded to sketch the flowers with those ideas in mind.
Afterwards, we then made our way to sketch the park’s famous Japanese Sakura trees, but not before a brief stop at Toronto’s most climbed tree. This Dawn Redwood is an absolute magnet for little kids.
Thank you to all the Artists, Parents, Naturalists and Volunteers for helping make the Junior NatureSketch program such a success! It was so much fun exploring & sketching Toronto’s wild places with your children. I hope they continue to observe nature in their sketch books.
Next Saturday will be the opening of the Student Art Show at Toronto Botanical Garden! The opening runs from 10 am to noon and the show will be on display for the rest of the week.
Happy Nature Sketching!