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Nature Journaling in the Urban Wilderness with Gabriel Willow

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ArtLab Gowanus

SW Corner, Whole Foods Esplanade (near the water)

214 3rd Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

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This workshops combines elements of nature observation and botanical illustration. Plants are an excellent subject matter, as they tend to stay still. Participants will look for various plants near the canal, whether invasive weeds, medicinal species, or native wildflowers. Often these species are overlooked, but even a small crack in the sidewalk or sunny corner of a parking lot can be home to a beautiful diversity of resilient plant-life.

Participants will sketch them using pen and pencil techniques, noting as many details about their form and habits as possible. Approximately 30 minutes will be spent looking for subject matter, and the remaining 90 minutes will be spent practicing various techniques such as blind contour drawing, gesture drawing, and more detailed representational drawing to examine the form of our subject matter.

About the artist:
Gabriel is a natural history illustrator; he also keeps nature journals. His primary focus is on educating people about the ecology that surrounds us in urban environments. Keeping a sketchbook or journal is an excellent tool to hone one's observation skills, and to notice details that are often hidden in plain sight around us, overlooked in our rush to and from the subway, our apartment, or Whole Foods. Albrecht Dürer's "Great Piece of Turf" from 1503 is a constant source of inspiration.
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Meeting Location: ArtLab at Whole Foods Esplanade, SW Corner (near the water), 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215
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About the ArtLab:
ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.

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