Saturdays, April 27 and May 4, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm – The Nature Sketchbook: A Tool for Discovery

In this two-part Fruitlands Museum workshop beginning Saturday, April 27,  Barry Van Dusen will discuss the basic tools for field sketching, including drawing and color mediums as well as optical aids. We’ll explore various drawing approaches – schematic, contour, gesture and tonal drawing. You’ll learn how written notes are best for exploring certain types of information, and how your sketchbooks can become a personal nature diary, useful for future reference. You’ll see how your sketchbooks can function as “science lab” – enhancing your knowledge of botany, comparative zoology and more. We’ll also delve into artistic concerns such as developing “touch” and a personal visual vocabulary. You’ll learn how the sketchbook is the perfect place for artistic experimentation and invention, and a great place to learn about pictorial editing and design. Registration required: email or call 978.456.3924 x239.  $180 for Fruitlands members, $210 for nonmembers.  Image from