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09/16/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2023 14:30

Free Nature Haiku Workshops October 7-8

News Release Date:
September 16, 2023

Contact:Patrick Myers, 719-378-6343

Watercolor artist and poet Nancy Arbuthnot will lead 'Nature Haiku' workshops on October 7, 10-12 am and October 8, 11-1 pm. These are designed for all ages, though parents should accompany children under 14. Materials are provided at no cost. There is a limit of 12 people for each workshop; sign up in advance by emailing e-mail us . Please give participant names, ages, and a phone number to call if there are any changes. Call 719-378-6343 with any questions about the workshops.

Participants will first go on a short hike with brief stops to sketch and jot down observations of 3-5 different animal and plant species. The workshop itself will be devoted to creating a handmade journal of animal and plant 'portraits' from the sketches and poems from the written observations. We will use ink pens and origami papers for the final sketches, and look at examples of classic Japanese haiku to polish notes into short poems or prose pieces. Participants will also have the opportunity to decorate the journal cover and share their work.

View Nancy's work and biography at . This program is sponsored by Western National Parks Association.Watercolor by Nancy Arbuthnot

Image description: A watercolor painting on white paper depicting a horizontal stick at the bottom and seven different sprigs of plants and flowers with colorful berries, leaves, and petals.

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