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April 22, 2024 5:30–7:30 pm
Duke Forest, Durham Division
Special Topics

The Art of Noticing: Field Notes in Nature

Partnership with Duke Forest

Taught by Hyewon Grigoni and Rachel Blythe

Registration Info

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Going forward, registration for all Duke Arts Create workshops will now be processed through the Duke University Box Office. To streamline this transition, we have prepared a user guide that will walk you through the new registration process. Watch the video here.

About the Workshop

In this workshop, participants will explore the beauty of the plants, bugs, and surroundings of the Duke Forest, and learn to document their observations in words and sketches. Whether you are a budding bird or bug watcher, seasoned nature lover, or have never given a thought to keeping a nature journal, The Art of Noticing workshop will help you hone skills to become a careful observer to the natural world. Workshop leaders will guide you through a hands on experience in both plein air sketching and nature journaling, and hopefully set you off on a journey to a new way of noticing the world around you beyond Duke Forest. All attendees will receive a field note book to use and take home.

Class will meet at Duke Forest, Gate C on Highway 751.

*This is a community workshop open to all.

About the Instructor

Hyewon Grigoni has engaged in a variety of creative practices since childhood. Her work and writing have appeared in art shows, in print, and on air for public radio. She has taught art and art appreciation at the K-12 level, and her favorite discipline to teach for both kids and adults is Drawing 101 – aka the Art of Observing. Lately she focuses on daily sketching, portrait painting, and beginning carpentry.

Hyewon believes that art, like good writing or good religion, can comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Her work aims to achieve a little of both in equal measure.

She hopes attendees of DukeCreate workshops will enjoy a laid back, supportive environment to get away from their day and make stuff.

About the Instructor

Being born and raised in North Carolina, Rachel always felt attached to the flora and fauna that flourish in this state! It wasn’t until Rachel started teaching herself the names of these magnificent beings that they began to understand how many friends lived in the forest, and how interconnected we all are to our shared natural world. They’ve been leading free nature walks in Durham for over a year, to build community, raise awareness, and get folks excited about what’s going on outside! Whether it be a crack in the sidewalk or a rare plant sighting, we should all feel empowered to connect and remember their names.

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”
-Baba Dioum

About the Location

This workshop is held in partnership with Duke Forest.

This workshop will meet at Duke Forest, Gate C on 751

GPS Coordinates: 36°00’44.5″N 78°58’25.5″W

Please pull inside the gate and park in the gravel lot. Someone will be there to help direct you.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).