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Ethan Allen Park

1006 North Avenue

Burlington, VT 05408

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Do you feel intimidated by sketching, out of practice, or absolutely in love with the process? No matter your skill level or age, join us for a two-hour introduction to drawing, where you will learn pointers about how to effectively connect pencil to paper. Lauren Sopher, a graduate student of the Field Naturalist Program at UVM, will lead this visual exploration of the natural landscape.

Pencils and paper will be provided, but please feel free to bring your preferred materials, if you have them.

Workshop leader bio: Ink and dirt have covered Lauren’s hands since she was a child. Markers strewn at the kitchen table and wildflowers collected from fields were a classic pairing. Art and nature kindled her sense of wonder and connection to place. Lauren studied art, design, and environmental science at the University of Michigan so she could explore nature from multiple perspectives. She has worked with black rhinos, weltwischia (a peculiar plant endemic to the Namib Desert), local food, and individuals with intellectual disabilities in places ranging from Namibia to Burlington. As a graduate student in the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Program at UVM, Lauren seeks to exchange place-based knowledge of the landscape with the general public, in formats that are accessible, creative, and collaborative. She will likely be singing while doing this.


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Community Naturalist Series: Creative Exploration of Burlington’s Natural Landscapes

This three-part series of creative workshops is inspired by and focused on Burlington’s natural landscapes. All workshops are open to the general public but require pre-registration. Sign up for just one, or all three! Workshops will teach different ways to celebrate place through art (drawing, photography, and writing). Workshop participants will be encouraged to use what they learn to produce a piece of artwork or writing to exhibit at a community art show at the South End Art Hop in September.

The other two workshops in the series are:
1) Connecting to Nature with Photography, June 17th, 7pm, Ethan Allen Park
2) Nature Poetry Writing, July 16th, 6pm, Oakledge Park

This workshop series is offered free of charge, but we are accepting donations to help support the continuation of the Burlington Master Naturalist Program. To make a donation, visit the online donation page of the Parks Foundation of Burlington and indicate that the contribution is for the Burlington Master Naturalist Program in the comments field.

This series is coordinated through the Burlington Master Naturalist Program, an initiative of Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront. Learn more about the Burlington Master Naturalist Program by clicking here.

For questions about this workshop series or this specific event, contact Elise Schadler at eschadler@gmail.com.

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