Course or Event:

Nature Notes Workshop - CANCELLED
with Ken Moore, Botanist, NCBG Assistant Director, Emeritus; Robert Johnson, Nature Artist





Thursday, September 7; 7:00–9:00pm: Friday, September 8; 9:00am–4:30pm:
Saturday, September 9; 9:00am–4:30pm: Sunday, September 10; 9:00am–2:00pm



This intensive and life-changing four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their nature notes with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification.

All experience levels welcome. Bring your lunch!

Fee: $325 ($295 NCBG Members)


Registration open through 8/24/2017 11:59 PM EST




Class or Event capacity: 20 remaining registrations


 Contact Instructor


Robert Johnson's website:


My work is concerned with the Natural environment. I’ve had people say, 'if you are so concerned, why you don’t paint about the disastrous consequences many of our actions are having on it?'

As I see, it there are two approaches one can take to try and change our actions. One can either use a carrot or a stick. Both approaches are needed . I have chosen the carrot approach to try and foster a deeper appreciation for what is left of wild Nature. In my work I focus on the beauty and sacredness of Nature. I feel like a medieval pilgrim on a pilgrimage to the world's last remaining cathedrals. I record my observations while there and bring my notes back to the studio to develop paintings that capture my experiences of these places.

The kind of art that has most influenced the style of my work is religious art from the late medieval period in Italy, Indian Miniature Painting, Tibetan Thangka painting, Balinese painting, and Folk Art, all of which I have studied and from which I have freely stolen.

My interest in Botany, Ornithology, Mycology, Entomology, and other Natural Science disciplines comes from a desire to understand and get more deeply connected with the environment in which I find myself.

Robert Johnson's BIOGRAPHY

Robert Johnson lives in a land-trust community in the mountains of North Carolina where he has lived for the last 43 years. Every other year he takes a trip to see the natural environment in other parts of the world. He has extensively documented wilderness areas both domestically and abroad, including the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail, National Parks of the Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Cuba.


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