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New Series Teaches Sketching Skills at Huntley Meadows Park

Huntley Meadows SketcherKeeping a nature journal can be a fun way to document outdoor observations. Scientists and explorers have used them for centuries to record interesting new findings. Their written descriptions of flora and fauna have introduced people to unimaginable exotic plants and animals; however, it is the accompanying hand-drawn sketches that provide the best record of their discoveries. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words!

To help young naturalists develop their drawing skills, the Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a series of sketching classes at Huntley Meadows Park in August and September called Sketches in Nature. Naturalist Margaret Wohler will show participants tips for adding sketches to their journals, including recommending supplies and teaching basic drawing techniques.  All art supplies will be provided and participants will receive an art kit to use in the field and take home afterward. The cost is $6 per person. Registration is available online.

This program is offered in August and September for participants ages 9 to 13 and also age 15 and older.

Ages Dates
9 to 13 August 18, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  September 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
15 and up August 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  September 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. in Alexandria, Va.

For more information, call the park at 703-768-2525.

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