Story Books

Author Talk - Keeping a Nature Journal - Sandra Morris

Nature is full of surprises. To begin discovering them, all you need is curiosity and sharp eyes. Have you ever noticed that ladybirds have different numbers of spots? Or that leaves can be pointed or round, long or short, soft or hard? What about birds? Could you describe the bills or feet of the species you see everyday in the street? Keeping a nature journal is a great way to develop your observation skills - students will learn to look closely and notice the amazing natural world around them. Sandra will present a visual presentation of nature journalling by eminent artists from around the world and her own works. Special emphasis will be placed on composition and the use of creative hand lettering and students will be encouraged to look at different habitats and techniques to use in their own nature journalling.

Theme: Science, Literature, Visual Art
Years: 3-6: Large auditorium sessions are welcome
Session time: 1 hour
Books Featured: A New Zealand Nature Journal (Sandra Morris, Walker)


Workshop - How to Keep a Nature Journal - Sandra Morris

With the help of nature's props, Sandra will guide the students through drawing from observation and documenting what they have in front of them. Students will be shown a variety of handlettering styles and encouraged to invent their own to relate to the natural objects they are recording. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of careful composition and recording for identification.

Number of Students: 25-30 (up to 5 tables)
Session time: 1 hour
Years: 3-6


Interested in a workshop?

To make a booking, or if you have a question please call Sandra on:

021 063 9312

I am Auckland based, but am more than happy to travel out of Auckland.


Curriculum Based
Talks and Workshops

The Illustration School workshops cover a wide range of curriculum objectives that enrich your school programme.

Students study, use, and enjoy language and literature communicated orally, visually, or in writing

Visual Art
Students explore, refine, and communicate ideas as they connect thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings to create works and respond to the works of others.

Students explore how the natural physical world plays a significant role.

Patterns, identifying shapes

Students will learn how to discern, participate in, and celebrate their own and other's visual worlds. Starting with their own curiosities and stories they will learn to communicate complex ideas and concepts.

Participants will develop visual literacy and aesthetic awareness as they manipulate and transform visual and spatial ideas to solve problems. They will experiment with materials, using processes and conventions to develop their own visual enquiries and create art works based on the natural world.

Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of life and this will result in an awareness of the natural world and lead to informed decision making of significant biological issues.