The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook


This sketchbook helps kids look more closely at nature and capture what they discover with pencil, pen, and paint. The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook inspires exploration, creativity and observation, with beautiful sketchbook illustrations, ideas and tips, and plenty of space for kids to draw. 20 pages of instruction and color illustrations followed by blank pages, with more hints and examples every ten pages. A perfect tool for home schoolers, environmental education programs, STEAM programs, or to give as a gift to young artists and nature lovers.


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Author: Jean Mackay
Age Range : 10+
Grades: 4+
Category: Product ID: 38210

Book Details:

  • ISBN: 9781943431595
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction: Art/Drawing
  • Page Count: 80
  • Age Range: 10+
  • Grades: 4+
  • Pub Date: 01/11/2020






Artist and educator Jean Mackay has been exploring and sketching nature for more than 25 years. 

Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard in Upstate New York, Jean’s journals reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. 

Jean teaches each summer at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine. Discover the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield on her blog, Drawn In:

“Exercises and blank space provide nature explorers a way to record their observations. The first 27 pages of this 80-page journal contain inspiration for what to record in art and words, along with simple instructions for how to do so. Each spread in this section focuses on one topic, such as pencil drawing, adding color, writing down questions, or recording your journey. Small text boxes highlight “Try This” ideas explorers can use to develop their nature journaling techniques. The remaining pages offer additional “Try This” exercises every five pages or so, sprinkled among blank pages for drawing, sketching, painting, and writing, some of which have smaller boxes to frame smaller sketches. The texture of the pages and their soft eggshell color make this book feel like a true artist’s delight. The guidance and exercises strike the perfect balance of encouragement and instruction, allowing explorers to observe, discover, and appreciate the natural world starting from where they are—and to try again if they aren’t satisfied with their results. There are instructions for sketching birds and insects, breaking down the body parts for artists to copy. The sample artwork throughout is skillful and beautiful but not intimidating; the visible strokes of pencil and brush imply that results can vary with attention and practice. A lovely and useful beginning. (Nonfiction. 9-adult)” 
– Kirkus Starred Review
“The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook is a wonderful tool for beginning journals. The prompts and examples will inspire you to use your journal pages in new and creative ways that will bring you closer to nature. Grab your pencils and head out into the field. The world is yours to discover.”
– John Muir Laws, The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling
“Jean Mackay is one of the freshest, most observant nature journalers I know. Jean shows you how to capture beautiful images of nature, spend quality time in the field, and learn to be an integral part of the place your feet are planted. Step out into the field with Jean’s book in hand; you’ll find a world of natural magic waiting for you.”
– Cathy Johnson, The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature and Artist Journal Workshop
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