(Jen Burgess / Bateman Foundation)

It’s no secret we’re all a little more housebound than usual these days, so why not expand your horizons and learn something new; no matter where you are?

The Bateman Foundation are taking their Nature Sketch program online this winter, meaning their popular combination of art instruction and nature-study will be available to anyone, right from the comfort of their own home!

Though 2020 has looked a little bit different for everyone, it means that this exclusive course is now being offered to all, and the instructors have designed a special Canada-wide program to accommodate a broader audience. 

Nature Sketch is an online art program that explores the changing seasons through sketching or watercolour.

Inspired by the philosophies and artistic practices of renowned artist and environmentalist Robert Bateman, the curriculum combines art instruction with nature-study that will supplement your own adventures outdoors.

The course will make general observations about the changing seasons, how to identify the plants and animals we see, and discuss broader environmental themes. 

Nature Sketch was created to foster deep and abiding connections with nature, offering a cultural lens to explore the world around us. 

Classes start in January, 2021, with three programs to choose from: a sketching class at both junior and adult/teen levels, and a watercolour class suitable for adults.

All classes are online so it’s completely COVID-safe, and the ticket cost is per household, so it’s a great activity for people who have had their fill of Netflix.

Another brand new 2020 feature is the option to purchase a gift certificate for any one of these programs, making a unique Christmas present for the budding artist in your life! 

Here’s the lineup of Nature Sketch classes being offered by the Bateman Foundation this winter:

Junior Nature Sketch 

  • Saturday January 9th – Saturday January 30th, 2021 
  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PST 

Adult/Teen Nature Sketch 

  • Friday January 8th – Friday March 5th, 2021 
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. PST

Adult Watercolour 

  • Monday January 11th – Monday March 8th, 2021
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. PST 

Prices range from $40/course to $160/course, and all classes will also be available to stream afterwards, if you aren’t able make the times listed!

Nature Sketch Programs with the Bateman Foundation

  • When: View the full schedule of classes here
  • Where: All classes available entirely online!
  • Register: You can register for your preferred program online today

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