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The Poetry of Field Journals Workshop Series

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am
Naturalist Lab | Natural History Museum of Utah

A page of field notes with cursive handwriting and pictures of fish.
Images courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution
Scientists have recorded their work in field journals for hundreds of years. By writing down and sketching what one encounters, evidence is preserved immediately upon discovery. For the amateur naturalist, keeping a field journal can be a reminder to slow down, look closely, and delight in each new observation.

We invite you to discover the beauty and poetry of field journals in this four-part series. Guests must register for all four programs. All materials included. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Space is limited.

Scroll down to see a list of the included workshops.




Workshop Schedule

Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Field Journal Workshop

  • Learn the history and artistry of traditional field journals from Michelle Macfarlane and Becky Thomas of the Book Arts Program *. See examples of scientific field journals. Then, using up-cycled and other readily available materials, construct your own field journal to use throughout the series.

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Nature Sketching

  • Nature sketching and journaling peaks your curiosity and trains your eye and mind to observe things you might otherwise overlook. Participants of all skill levels will find a deeper connection to the world in this class led by Natalia Wilkins-Tyler. Learn the fundamentals of drawing common natural objects so you can start journaling today.

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Nature Walk

  • Join NHMU's botanist Elizabeth Johnson and entomologist Christy Bills for a tour of the wildflowers and insects that thrive in the foothills above Salt Lake City. Enjoy the spectacular view and learn how to identify flora and fauna. After the walk, come inside where Elizabeth will discuss what an herbarium is and demonstrate how botanists mount specimens for museum collections. Participants will have the opportunity to glue a small specimen and label into their own field journal.

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Nature Poetry

  • Explore traditional and modern poetic forms with Michelle Macfarlane and Becky Thomas as you reflect and draw upon your fieldwork experience and transform your observations into words.

* The Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library provides training in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and other skills involved in the creation of artist’s books.


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