What's inside the box?

2 Lesson packets. Each include:

  • Step-by-step lesson (8.5" W x 11" L, double sided).
  • Field sketching lesson (7" W x 5" L).
  • Reference image (7" W x 5" L).
  • Transfer image (7" W x 5" L).
  • 1 premium graphite transfer paper (7" W x 5" L).
  • 4 sheets of 140lb Arches hot press watercolor paper (7" W x 5" L).
  • "How you can make a difference"- Simple steps you can take to help the subject you will be painting (7" W x 5" L).
  • "A little about me"- Info about the subject you will be painting (7" W x 5" L).

Each box also includes: 

  • A selection of 6- Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus liquid watercolor paints in dropper bottles packaged in a reusable branded gift bag. 15ml size for a limited time. Bottles subject to change based upon usage. 
  • Branded sketchbook: 7" W x 5" L with 2 three-hole metal bindings. Empty inside.
  • "Basic Color Theory" and "Helpful Tips" Reference Prints (7" W x 5" L).
  • 2 step-by-step instructional videos and 2 instructional field sketching videos by award-winning artist Stephanie Rozzo. Videos available free on YouTube.

Start painting

Painting can be intimidating. Nature Sketch Crate is made for adult beginners and includes easy to follow instructions to get you started.

Simple step-by-step printed and video instructions are provided. Just trace the transfer image to the watercolor paper, fill it in with a few layers of watercolor paint and then finish it with some ink lines. Apply what you learned with the sketching lesson.

Plus, the materials provided are artist quality so you get the best results out of your lessons.

GET STARTED

4 lessons a month

Each month includes two step-by-step and two applied sketching lessons. Plus, information about the subjects you are learning to paint and some simple ways to help the environment.

Busy life? You have time for this: Start the lesson anytime and anywhere. If you get interrupted, no problem! Just stop anytime, and pick up where you left off when you are ready.

GIVE A GIFT

Nature Sketch Crate is

made for beginners. Great for date nights, family nights, and paint nights. Helps you relax and encourages you to get out into nature.

This watercolor and ink monthly nature art class is for beginners; ages 7 -87. This class can be taken anytime and anywhere.

Most art classes only address how to create art. Nature Sketch Crate not only helps you to start painting, it also helps you reconnect with nature by teaching you more about it. 

Created for beginners: As easy as an adult coloring book. 

No drawing experience needed! Just transfer the provided image by tracing it onto the watercolor paper, filling it with a few watercolor layers and finalizing it with ink lines. Guided by easy-to-follow instructions created and demonstrated by award-winning Freelance Science Illustrator, Stephanie Rozzo

How It Works

1. Set your preferences

Choose a subscription that is best for you: 1 month or 3 months. 

2. New lessons each month!

Each month includes step-by-step printed and video instructions to teach you how to paint one animal & one plant. 

3. Start painting with Nature Sketch Crate!

Applied sketching lessons are included in addition to the step-by-step lessons to help you gain confidence and encourage you to spend time in nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nature Sketch Crate?

A watercolor and ink monthly nature art class in a box. For ages 7-87. 

How does it work?

Simple step-by-step printed and video instructions are provided to get you to start painting. Just trace the transfer image to the watercolor paper, fill it in with a few layers of watercolor paint and then finish it with some ink lines. Apply what you learned with the sketching lesson. 4 lessons each month: 2 step-by-step and 2 applied sketching. 

Can young children learn to paint with Nature Sketch Crate? 

It is possible for anyone who can hold a pencil and follow instructions to learn to paint with Nature Sketch Crate. The lessons have been great for kids as young as 7 with adult supervision and can help improve focus and artistic skills.

What can I do with the art I create?

The art from the step-by-step lessons can be added to your sketchbook, gifted, framed for display, and shared in our online Facebook community page.

What organizations are the donations going to?

Different environmental organizations are chosen each month. List of some of the organizations donated to: North Shore Community Land Trust, Nature Conservancy, Xerces Society, Birch Aquarium, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Sky Island Alliance, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Theodore Payne Foundation.

How can it help me reduce my stress?

Studies have shown that art and nature can reduce stress, make people happier, and improve memory and attention. "At any skill level, making art reduces stress hormones: Cortisol lowers significantly after just 45 minutes of art creation." - Drexel University. “… time in nature was found to have a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, including working memory, as well as a dampening effect on anxiety." -Stanford news. 

How is it going to help me spend more time in nature? 

Most art classes only address how to create art. Nature Sketch Crate not only helps you to start painting, it also helps you reconnect with nature by teaching you more about it. The step-by-step lessons require you to think about an animal and plant’s behavior and anatomy. This is encouraged by the “about me” pages included in the lessons that provide information in a simple and approachable way. In addition, you are asked to apply the step-by-step lesson by going out into nature and sketching. A printed guide with some advice on how to accomplish this as well as a simple video, modeling how it can be applied, is provided. 

How does Nature Sketch Crate help me help the environment?

Each month, a portion of the profits are donated to an environmental organization related to the subject you are painting. You are automatically making a positive impact on the environment just by buying the box! In addition, you will find a list of very simple actions that you can take to help the environment directly related to the subject you are learning to paint. For example, in the first month of the crate, due to be mailed out in July 2021, you will learn to paint a California Poppy and be encouraged to plant a native plant garden with a list of reasons why this helps the environment. The suggested actions are small steps to make it easier for you to start taking action and feel accomplishment by doing something positive for the environment. 

What kind of subjects will I be learning to paint?

Nature subjects: One animal and one plant each month. Each lesson will teach you about the subject and simple ways to help the subject, in addition to teaching you how to paint it. 

What is the art supplies list?

NOT INCLUDED: Like any art class, this class does have a supplies list: water brush, pencil, black micron pens, palette, kneaded eraser, and towel (see specifications below). These are not included in the monthly crate because they can be reused each month for several months. Although, this is offered as an add-on item for convenience: Hand-painted metal watercolor Travel Palette (7.25" W x 5.25" L x 1" D). Off-white inside.Sketching supplies included: Sakura Koi Water brush: Round Medium #6, Kneaded eraser-small, 0.5mm Zebra Eco, Mechanical pencil, Black Micron pens (005, 01, 08), Reusable towel: 100% cotton.

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