Nurture Your Creative Spark with 

Art + Nature Connection

Classes and activities for adults, families and kids

Collaboration withs public gardens and museums

How to Create Nature Art & Journaling​​

This outdoor art adventure focuses on sketching and journaling from nature. I provide warm up and observation exercises, an easy to follow, loose plan that includes time to explore your location and prompts for how to start sketching and writing.  Practice drawing skills and create a collection of sketches with descriptive words or phrases from observations. Complete your experience by creating a take-home bound journal with your drawings and writing. 

"I can't BELIEVE a leaf this comes from a plant!" That's right! Indigo is perfect hands-on art experience for kids, families, and students. Pair with a plant study, chemistry, history, math - I can't think of a subject that doesn't relate to indigo. Experience the magic of indigo oxidizing, turning from pale green to dark blue, right before their eyes. We use the ancient resist technique of Shibori to create patterns on the cotton bandanas and work as a team to dye the individual art pieces.

Videos, directions, and online classes coming! 

In the meantime to schedule a program or ask questions, contact me at:​

Sweet Handmade Books 

Capture those small sweet moments that make up our days in our own handmade book. 

Made from materials you have at home. 

Stictched, folded, accordian, tunnel, origami, matchbox, mini, oversized, scrolls, observational journals, travel journals, secret treasure books.... you name it, if it's creative bookmaking you're after, you've come to to the right place. If you don't see what you are looking for, please contact me. I love exploring bookmaking with children and families. There are many bookmaking classes available. 
or use the contact page on this website.
Thank you!

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Observational Drawing

I love to collaborate and teach! For more information contact me at or use the Contact page on this website. 

Books and Journals

A Moment in Time: Mini Box Collages

Collaboration with the world-class Chicago Botanic Garden

Inside, outside, wherever you are, observational drawing helps you create a deeper connection to what you are drawing.  I can guide you through easy steps for a happy, successful drawing experience. 

Link to directions: coming soon! 

Animal dioramas borrowed from The Field Museum of Chicago, Harris Learning Center. 

Indigo and the Ancient Art of Shibori 

School programs, adults, families, and children

​​​​​​Bookmaking with Stitched Binding 

Negative/Postive Covers

Positive/Negative space lessons create stunning covers! Learn traditional bookbinding techniques and create a one of a kind handmade journal to take home.

​​​Betsy Mitten Studio

Surface design, art, and classes