Beginning A Nature Journal: An Online Course With Jan Blencowe


I have recently had the great pleasure to Beta test a wonderful new course by artist & naturalist, Jan Blencowe.

Beginning A Nature Journal is unlike any other course out there; it teaches all the needed skills, and then some, to creating your very own nature journal.


Jan is an excellent teacher, and the course is unbelievably comprehensive.

There are 10 modules, each containing multiple video lessons, cheat sheets, and PDFs.

  1. Introduction
  2. Materials and set up
  3. Learning to see, learning to draw
  4. Line work
  5. Colour mixing skills
  6. Watercolour
  7. Landscapes
  8. Layout / design skills
  9. Journaling
  10. The wrap up

Remember, this is not just 10 lessons, there are multiple video lessons for each module!


Beautifully presented, and professionally produced, this course will answer all the questions you ever had about the ins and outs of nature journaling.

Please do not worry if you have not so much as picked up a sketching pencil before; Jan will teach you the skills you need to create beautiful pages in your journal that will record your experiences in the natural world. Once you have completed the course, sketching and painting in your nature journal will become a joy.



Registration for Beginning A Nature Journal opens today, with access to immediate access to the Orientation Module, which has a welcome, an overview of how you can work through the course materials, a video on how to use the Ruzuku interactive classroom, the materials and supplies PDF, and a short video with suggestions on how to personalise your own sketchbook.

The classroom will officially open on March 20. You will then have access to the entire course. There are also four live webinar Q&A sessions scheduled. A reminder email will be sent to you on the 18th and you will receive an email on March 20th with a link to the course home page and log in.

They will initially be at a sales page that give details about the class.

When they click Register they will go to the enrollment page and can apply the coupon and pay.

Very shortly after that, they should receive two emails, a welcome email, and a start of course email.

Follow the link to the course sales page, which has a detailed description of the course and a registration button. The course costs $197 and Jan is offering an exclusive discount for my readers. Use code charlotte30 for a $30 discount, which is valid until March 15th 2017.

I was honoured to test this course for Jan, & I truly cannot say enough good things about it. Here’s to improving our journaling skills!




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