Welcome to Creating Your Nature Journal for Cruinniú na Nóg 2021.

In this workshop we explore how to create an inspiring nature journal with some mindfulness and drawing tips. Other artists have also shared their nature journals for you to see. Have your drawing drawing tools ready (pencils, pens and a notebook/journal).

Over the last year many of us have had the chance to really take notice of nature, the trees birds, butterflies and bees. Nature is so exciting and creative! Isn’t it just amazing how butterflies come out of their cocoons and how ferns unfold their leaves? It’s like magic. There is so much to see and learn. As artists we love to draw from nature.

The workshop explores:

  • How to be mindful in nature and how to see what is around us
  • How to draw in nature – our toolkit and quick tips
  • How to create a nature journal

This workshop is very timely after a year of lockdown when we have had all had a time to focus on nature and what is in our local biosphere. While the world is trying to address issues relating to climate change and biodiverisity loss, it is important as artists to take note of what is around us (the birds, trees, weather patterns etc). We can create records of the present and through our observations can be catalysts for change and transformation.

By getting to know the biodiversity around us, we are better able to become guardians to protect it.


Lisa Fingleton is Kerry County Council’s first Visual Artist in Residence. The residency is supported by Creative Ireland,  The Arts Council and Kerry’s Arts Office.

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