The Art of Nature Journaling
Nature immersion through art
Explore the beauty of Enchanted Forest’s trails with professional artist, teacher and nature enthusiast, Evy McLean, who will share her expertise in documenting outdoor experiences in a nature journal.
Evy has taught both children and adults how to draw for over 15 years and specializes in natural subjects. During this three-hour session you will hike with heightened attention to your surroundings, making notes and sketches in your journal (provided) and learning the art of creative journaling. This will be an informal journey, with time to discuss, practice and ask questions while expanding your own vision and skill in nature discovery. An appreciation for each individual approach and perspective is encouraged in order to inspire others in new ways. Several resources will be available for ideas and examples, in addition to online resources for continued practice.
What’s included: Journaling sketch pad, pencil, water bottle and snack.
- About Evy McLean
Evy McLean is a native Texan who grew up in Dallas as the youngest of eight children. As an active, adventurous child and girl scout, Evy spent much time playing outside, climbing trees and exploring the nearby creek. Her mother was an avid gardener who inspired her daughters to inspect, appreciate and marvel at beauty and passed on her love of the natural world. This love and interest in the natural world never waned, and Evy continues to scout her environment for the curious, interesting and often overlooked forms in nature.
As a young teen, Evy began private drawing and painting lessons, with the encouragement and support of her mother, who saw her budding interest in the arts. This led to a scholarship at the Dallas Art Institute, where she completed an Associate Art degree in Advertising Design, earning the President’s award for excellence. Soon after graduation, she began working for a small advertising agency as a production artist and was eventually hired as an art director for a design firm in Dallas, Texas. After long hours and little pay, Evy started her own graphic design business, servicing clients in the Dallas area. Leaving the design field when the industry moved to computer generated art, Evy began teaching drawing and art studies to private school students in the Dallas area. This led her to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas Woman’s University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and a full-time teaching career in the arts.
Painting and printmaking are Evy’s choice mediums, and her work is inspired by the natural world and all its wonders. Zooming in on the intricate details of small, curious forms, she enlarges the images to exponential sizes. Her most recent works are two large micro landscapes, painted in oil on 5′ x 8′ stretched canvas. They were painted for the remodeled Richardson Hall at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, to evince the San Luis Valley landscape in a unique and intimate way.
Evy’s love of the arts spills over to her community, where she teaches K-12 art in the local public school and volunteers as a mentor and teacher at her and her husband’s non-profit, Ventero Open Press Fine Art, in San Luis, Colorado. She believes that art has a healing force and can influence a community in very positive ways.