Sunday, 11 March 2012
Since we went for an early spring nature walk last week Sunnyboy has been telling me when he sees "a nature thing" so we can record it in our Nature Journal. On our next nature walk we're planning to take art materials with us also to use in our Nature Journal. This week we bought some wonderful secondhand books to inspire us.
How to Draw and Paint Flowers by Walter Foster
Color Chart by Walter J. Foster
Color in Trees, Shrubs, Weeds by Frederick J. Garner
Early Spring - Pussy Willows of the Willow Tree - migrating Pintail ducks done in a Japanese print style - pen and ink and rubbed hard pastels
The Art Of Drawing Trees (The Grumbacher Library), designed and edited by Walter Brooks
Time spent on your field trips making note of the mass, structure and textures of the conifers will facilitate your drawing. Whenever possible bring back for study small pieces of branch, a cluster of needles, a small piece of bark, or a few different types of cones.
This children's book is our favourite though.
Insects and Small Creatures (Words and Pictures) by Margaret Clarke
Pictured below are some more of the secondhand books in our Nature Study book collection and two library books we have out on loan (Season to Season and The Big Bug Search).
Season to Season (Natures Patterns) by Anita Ganeri
Book of the Year by Freddie McKeown
Exciting Things to do with Nature by Judy Allen
The Nest: an ecology story book by Chris Baines
The Ladybird Book of The Weather by F. E. Newing, B.Sc. and Richard Bowood
The Ladybird Book of Pond Life by Nancy Scott
The Ladybird Natural History Book: Plants and how they grow by F. E. Newing, B.Sc. and Richard Bowood
The Ladybird Book of British Wild Flowers by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald, F.L.S.
Nature in the Town by Harry Stanton
Spotter's Guide to Town & City Wildlife by Diana Shipp
Spotter's Guide to Ponds & Lakes by Anthony Wootton
The Big Bug Search by Caroline Young
Here's a double-page from The Big Bug Search.
Homes and gardens
Not all minibeasts live in wild places. Many live in gardens, parks, and even in and around houses. This is a picture of a house in Britain. Can you spot 158 creatures here?
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