'Shortcut to Nature Journalling' with Steve Pardue



'Short Cut to Urban Sketching workshop' with Steve Pardue Have you wanted to create a nature journal but don’t know where to start or how to do it? This workshop will - hopefully - fix that. I will take you through the process I follow for creating my journals which are really an expression of the joy I feel when out and about in the woods or the river. I will be using my own journals of nature captured over the last 5 years and show how you can create a body of work by simply recording in your own way the things you see every day. I now look back on my earlier journals and can not only see how my artistic style has evolved and changed but more importantly I can look up the dates when I first saw sand martins arrive for the summer, or when the last swift left, or when the first chiff chaff … well chiff chaffed! And it is so easy - no rules - no great artistic skill required - just observation and a daily habit of drawing. I will show you the materials I use and the techniques I employ. Weather permitting, we can spend some time outdoors looking at the nature around us and we can then come back indoors and draw our observations. I will provide a small kit of materials which will include: 2 fineliners ~ My Shortcut to Nature Journalling guide ~ A blank concertina nature journal , all of which are yours to keep.

What's included in the price?

Fresh coffee and home made biscuits - this is a short half day course.


3 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Situated in a tranquil location on the fringes of the Lake District in north west England, we have been hosting a Quirky range of workshops since 2005. We are now proud to offer over 140 Arts, Craft and Heritage Skills Workshops each year, led by an incredible and talented range of local and national tutors, all experts in their field. We have two teaching studios, the 'Squirrel Barn' and the newly renovated, spacious and airy 'Swallow Barn', the latter of which, at 60m2 was very popular in the months post Covid, allowing 2m distancing, hand washing and two staircases. We have several garden teaching spaces too. Lunch (included) can be taken outside on the Tea Lawn in warmer months and teas/coffee with Aga home-baking is served at your desk. Our days are considered real treats.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
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Greystoke Craft Garden, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0UT