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Urban Nature Journaling

at Richmond Art Center - Richmond

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2540 Barrett Ave
At 25th St
Richmond, California 94804
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Julia B.

What you'll learn in this illustration class:

Explore the wildlife in your backyard or on your block like a naturalist. We will record our observations using simple tools and all of our senses. Using drawings and words in combination you can describe your environment, or a single organism. This class is a hybrid program that meets online and in-person.


The first class session meets at Miller-Knox Beach. The rest of the classes meet online.

  1. Outdoor Orientation at Miller-Knox Beach, Richmond (in-person)
  2. Botanical Close-Up (online)
  3. Birds (online)
  4. Insects (online)


    1. Blank journal or loose paper kept together on a clipboard. My favorite journal is Hand Book Paper Travelogue Watercolor Notebook (about $20 on
    2. Pen and pencil. I like to use micron pens, size 02
    3. Ruler

    Optional Materials:

      1. Watercolors: I mostly use Daniel Smith, but Winsor and Newton is also good. Since these paints are expensive, and it takes forever to get through a tube, I would recommend buying halfpans ($3 each on Etsy:Alexiscarollart). Here are the colors I recommend: Sap Green, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Pyrrole Orange
      2. Water brush pen: Niji is $7 on
      3. Old sock: Cut the tube from the sock to use as a wristband. You can use this to wipe off your brush when you change color.
      4. If you have markers or other ways of adding color that is welcome too.


      This is a hybrid class that meets online and in-person at specified outdoor locations in Richmond.

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      When class/workshop enrollment is below the minimum five days prior to the first day of class, the class may be cancelled. If there is a cancellation, we will contact registered students at least 4 days before the start of the class/workshop by email or by phone.

      We will offer students the option to transfer into another class or receive a full refund for the amount paid.

      Classes are not refunded due to failure to attend class, planned absences, minor illnesses, or vacations.

      If you drop a class:
      • You will receive a 100% refund minus a $15 administrative fee if you drop a class at least 7 days before it starts. 
      • You will receive a 50% refund minus a $15 administrative fee if you drop a class after this point but before the second day of class. 
      • There are no refunds after the second class.
      If you drop a workshop:
      • You will receive a 100% refund minus a $15 administrative fee if you drop a class at least 7 days before it starts. No refunds or credit will be given after this point.


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