Drawing Like a Naturalist

Course Description

The course will run May 17- June 25, 2021.

In this class, you will learn to draw what you see through observational drawing. Naturalists used illustrations to help them with identification of plants and animals. As a homesteader or just a lover of nature, you will gain skill and confidence in your ability to observe and draw your surroundings through realistic illustrations.

Over the course of 6 weeks, you will learn to create drawings of plants, animals, bugs, trees, and structures through visual media of illustration and various techniques to aid in proportion and realism.


Pre-recorded classes will be available each Monday at 8:00 am with live office hours from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Thursdays through Google Meet for those that would like in-person feedback.

Once enrolled in the class, students will be invited to join the Google Classroom and office hours on May 15, 2021 to explore the site and review material lists before the start of the class on May 17, 2021.


Sketchbook, pencil (or drawing pencils), color pencils, ( Prismacolor is
recommended), a piece of cardstock.
Additional Materials – Computer with basic audio and video, internet access (broadband
recommended), and Google access.

Course Fee



To register for this course, email the journal at farmerish.journal@gmail.com to request an invoice, which can be paid via PayPal, Venmo, check, or money order. Be sure to include Drawing Like a Naturalist in your subject line.

About the Instructor

Sarah received her B.A. in art education from the University of Maine, is a certified herbalist, and an urban homesteader located in central Maine where she resides with her husband, daughters, and many cats.