Naturalist shares talents at refuge workshops

April 2, 2010 12:27:00 PM



You might have seen her featured on Southern Expressions on MPB last year. You might have seen her murals on Walt Grayson''s Mississippi Roads or heard about her designing a Christmas ornament for the White House. 


Well, if you missed all that, you have a chance to experience her first hand at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge this week. 


Robin Whitfield is from Grenada, and she an artist and a true naturalist. 


"And she will inspire anyone to explore the natural world with new eyes and gain a greater appreciation for our natural surroundings," Marion Sansing of the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge said in a news release. 


Whitfield will hold two workshops at the refuge: 


n Seeing Nature with Watercolor: today, 1-6 p.m. 


n Nature Journal: The Art of Seeing: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 


Participants should meet at the Visitor Center. 


The watercolor workshop will offer fundamental skills and knowledge about the process of working with watercolor and painting on location. Whitfield will demonstrate painting as a way of "seeing" nature in dynamic and specific relationships of colors and shapes. 


Students will practice this kind of seeing with quick painting exercises and a longer study at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.  


All painting materials will be provided. It is recommended that you bring a hat, bug spray, long-sleeved shirt, cushion/portable chair, container for water and any favorite brushes. Easels or TV trays may be desired if sitting on the ground is not an option. Plenty of drinking water and snacks are also recommended. 


For the nature journal workshop, Whitfield will teach participants to explore drawing and experimental techniques as a way to "see" and actively engage the natural world. Weather permitting, the workshop will be conducted outdoors. In inclement weather, it will take place inside the Visitor Center, where there will be plenty of materials and subjects to use. 


Participants should be prepared to be outside all day if the weather is favorable; bring a hat, insect repellent and a portable chair/stool. Please also bring your lunch, a water bottle, your favorite sketching tools and a clipboard.  


Both workshops are free of charge.