Learn about nature and how to draw different animals in a fun and easy-to-follow step-by-step process. Dive into science and explore facts about endangered animals and species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) plus how to help them. Classes are currently being offered for grades 2-5 & 6-8 by request.

Nature Drawing raises awareness about our impact on the planet and fosters mindfulness, self-confidence, and self-esteem while teaching fun and easy art techniques. Students will also develop social communication and empathetic skills by participating in discussions about the challenges creatures face and by sharing their wonderful animal artwork.

Nature Drawing – Endangered Species: Class 1&2

Nature Drawing was born out of the pandemic and the need for virtual programming. It was such a success that we decided to keep doing it. The Endangered Species series features mammals, reptiles, and insects from around the globe. The virtual classroom is designed to feel like a clubhouse. There are jokes and, oftentimes, a show and tell of pets, schoolwork, and drawings done outside of class. Each session begins with mindful moments. After the class is relaxed, focused, and ready, we start the drawing instruction.

Using upcycled goods as templates, the students are visually led through step by step instruction by a student artist. They have the option to go at their own pace, following the workbook or following along with the artist teaching assistant. While the drawing is taking place, one of the TEF instructors talks about the subject’s habitat, food source, breeding habits, why this subject is endangered, and how they can help. The class concludes with a show and tell of everyone’s creation and a merry send off until the next workshop.

Each class is 60 minutes long, meeting weekly for seven weeks. Prior to the first class, students will be delivered a “Creativity Kit”. This will have all of the non-technology supplies that they will need for the class.

Nature Drawing – Rhode Island Animals: Class 3&4

Nature Drawing – Rhode Island Animals came about after we decided to team up with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM). Wendy Fachon, lead teacher, reached out to find the RI species in greatest conservation need (SGCN). In these classes, students will learn about RI animals, reptiles, and insects, their distinct ecosystems, and how to keep them and their habitats safe.

The virtual classroom is designed to feel like a clubhouse. Each session begins with mindful moments. After the class is relaxed, focused, and ready, we start the drawing instruction.

Using upcycled goods as templates, the students are visually led through step by step instruction by a RISD student artist. They have the option to go at their own pace, following the workbook or following along with the artist teaching assistant. While the drawing is taking place, one of the TEF instructors talks about the subject’s habitat, food source, breeding habits, why this subject is in need of conservation, and how they can help. The class concludes with a show and tell of everyone’s creation and a merry sendoff until the next workshop.

Each class is 60 minutes long, meeting weekly for seven weeks. Prior to the first class, students will be delivered a “Creativity Kit”. This will have all of the non-technology supplies that they will need for the class.

Upcoming Events

RI Animals: Ponds & Rivers (click here to register on the All Course Network)
For grades 2-5
October 3 – November 14, 2022
Mondays – 5pm – 6pm

RI Animals: Vernal Pools (click here to register on the All Course Network)
For grades 2-5
October 5 – November 16, 2022
Wednesdays – 5pm – 6pm

Endangered Species: Book 1 (click here to register on the All Course Network)
For grades 2-5
October 6 – November 17, 2022
Thursdays – 5pm – 6pm