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October 19, 2023 4:30–6:30 pm
Duke Gardens
Special Topics

The Art of Noticing: Field Notes in Nature

Partnership with Duke Gardens

Taught by Hyewon Grigoni and Alex Nickley

About the Workshop

In this workshop, participants will explore the beauty of the plants, bugs, and surroundings of the Duke Gardens, 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 Gardens All attendees will receive a field note book to use and take home.

Class will meet at the main entrance, Gothic Gate and then walk together to the Discovery Garden.

*This will be a community workshop open to all. Non-Duke users, please email to reserve a place in the class. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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

Photograph of Alex at a waterfall looking through binnoculars.

Alex is an avid birder and amateur naturalist with a background in language and culture. After graduating from Duke with an MA in East Asian Studies, Alex spent four fruitful years working for Middlebury College and CET in the beautiful and highly diverse province of Yunnan, China. During his stint in China he developed several custom programs that focused on culture and the environment in addition to administering Chinese language programs for students studying abroad. He also birded like crazy in places ranging from Kunming’s urban jungle to the virgin forests and snowcapped peaks of Tibetan Yunnan. Alex now works for the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke and birds campus whenever he gets the chance.

About the Location

This workshop is held in partnership with Duke Gardens. Address: 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708. We will meet at the Gothic Gate.

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).