Connecting with Color
Color Theory for Nature Journaling, Self Paced mini course
In this 5 lesson mini course, learn the foundational basics of color theory and how to apply them to your nature journaling. This class is self paced, so dive into the world of color at your leisure!
Is visual art new to you? Well, the Connecting with Color mini course is the place to start. It makes a great compliment to the Draw Yourself Back to Nature course for emerging artists.
In this course you will learn: all about the color wheel and how that is a visual tool for understanding what color theory even is and why it’s important, value scales and what to do with them, color schemes and how to apply them, color mixing to make custom watercolor paint colors, and ideas for using color harmonies in nature journaling.
Each of these topics will help you better express your colorful natural world in your nature journal with confidence, and is taught through video tutorials and hands-on practice exercises on a private course website.
By the end of the mini course you will understand: how colors are comprised and mixed, color theory terms so you can communicate about your art more clearly, how colors relate and respond to each other, how to make highlight and shadow colors, and how to apply the colors you see in nature to your journal pages more realistically.
I'm your guide into nature inspired drawing and painting, Kelly Johnson!
If you drop by my world on an average day you might find me gardening, making art, snowboarding, surfing, vegan baking, traveling, or helping humans build deep relationships with nature through art and organic gardening!
I have a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, an MA in environmental studies from Goddard College, an AMS 6-9 teaching credential & 10 years in the classroom, + 20 years experience teaching art & 11 years teaching nature-study to children and adults in a wide variety of settings.
I have painted everything from huge murals in Mexico to tiny paintings in Virginia to tropical plants in Florida to veggies in Europe and I love how art builds community and connections in every venue!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Awesome!! Absolutely no pervious art or drawing experience is necessary to begin this course. We embrace a beginners mind and take our cues from nature’s rainbow!
Great question! I know a lot of my in person workshops are for children, but grown-ups this course is for you! I would say that children ages 6-8+ could do most of it with adult guidance. For example, in a home schooling type situation the parent could take the course, then teach their children the lessons in a way developmentally appropriate for their children.
All in all though it’s aimed at adults that want to learn about using and mixing color to enhance their nature journaling practice, deepen their skills, and expand their watercolor painting experience to be able to confidently mix the colors found in nature.
You may be thinking: But you have a degree in art, of course you think color mixing is easy. And you have a degree in environmental studies, of course you think connecting with nature is fun! How will you understand me, a newbie to the world of connecting to nature through art?
Because I totally understand and embrace the importance of the beginner’s mind. I have taught art to children ages 2-12 for nearly 20 years, so I have a deep understanding of compassionate ways to teach the fundamentals. When we start to think that we “know” is the moment when we close ourselves to real learning. I have found the more I learn, the more I realize I have to learn! And by embracing the fact that we each have gifts to teach and something to learn we open ourselves up to a huge flow of knowledge.
So sure, I am qualified through both formal academic education and years of experience to teach you about the wonders of nature journaling, the powers of art to build nature connections, and the practice and principles of color theory, but I also look forward to what I can learn from your revelations on the topic and expressions of color!! We all see it slightly differently and that makes color theory infinitely interesting!