Drawing Nature

January 10, 2024 - April 03, 2024



This course focuses on drawing as an intentional mode of communicating with and connecting to nature. Through a series of directed projects, students develop their drawing skills while gaining a deeper understanding of the natural world. Emphasis will be given to material exploration, mark-making, collaborations and research practices. Topics include micro/macro worlds, ways of seeing, deconstructing narratives of landscape and artmaking in the Anthropocene era. Examples of contemporary and modern artists will be given each week in addition to suggested readings and group critiques. Some drawing experience recommended.

Special Instructions

This online course will be held via Zoom. Students will receive a link one week ahead of the start of the course.

Registration Details

Visit the Vancouver Island School of Art website to register online, or phone 250-380-3500.

Suppy List

Student should bring any and all drawing supplies to this first class, plus:

- 18” x 24” piece of paper or similar size

- graphite pencils (range from 4H-6B)

- charcoal (willow or compressed)

- 1 kneaded eraser

- white soft eraser

- 9 x12” or larger sketchbook (preferably the kind with rings so pages can lie flat)


Additional items to be discussed during the first class:

- graphite sticks

- conté (black, sanguine, white)

- blending stump and/or soft rag

- assortment of chalk pastels

- assortment of colour pencils

- masking tape

- black India ink + some soft brushes

- Pad of newsprint

- various sheets of drawing paper for each project

- any other mark making supplies you may already have (ie. your favorite stick)

- tracing paper

January 10, 2024 - April 03, 2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm