Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Field sketching

Art as portal into nature

“From not being able to draw . . .a great pile of manuscript which I made during the voyage has proven almost useless.”

Charles Darwin

2001 Field painting with Kathy Hocker. Former DSE director Cinda Stanek on left.

2001 Field painting with Kathy Hocker. Former DSE director Cinda Stanek on left.

For a quarter century, Discovery naturalists have been encouraging students to draw.

2001 Sketching a sectioned poison hemlock root on Vanderbilt Creek.

2001 Sketching a sectioned poison hemlock root on Vanderbilt Creek.

2011 Kathy Hocker teaches field sketching as a portal into nature.

2011 Kathy Hocker teaches field sketching as a portal into nature.

Kathy Hocker is Southeast Alaska’s premier artist-naturalist, teaching classes on field techniques for all ages. In 1998, she wrote a feature article for our newsletter, entitled The art of noticing.