Saturday Art Challenge – Sketch Books


Happy Saturday everyone!

This week’s Saturday art challenge was inspired by a conversation I had the other day. I was chatting with my children about edible wild plants. We were discussing Dandelion and Burdock. I realised that I had no idea what a Burdock plant looked like – or how you would go about eating one or turning it into a drink!

With this in mind we set about doing some investigation and found this great little film about foraging for Burdock plants. I suddenly realised that Burdock are the sticky burr plants that you find in woodland. (The very burrs that I enjoyed teasing my siblings with as a child and that I am forever combing out of my dogs fur!)

A while ago I started trying to sketch new discoveries and keep a record of findings. Not only is it fun but it also helps me to remember things as I spend more time focusing on the details. Over time the children have enjoyed getting involved too. The great thing is that you don’t necessarily need to be outdoors to do this, if you are interested in the natural world you can also use books and photographs as reference points.

Here are some Burdock pages we made following our findings.

We’ve also been researching herbs and plants that we grown in the allotment. This led to a nice page on Chamomile tea and one on Thyme flowers – which my little girl enjoyed illustrating for me. Sometimes we press flowers and leaves and sometimes we print out photos of findings and stick them in.

Task: Creating a Sketch Book Nature Journal Page:

Your Saturday art challenge is to find something in nature that you are intrigued by or interested in and to create a page about it. You can either sketch a drawing of your chosen item or print a photograph, then label it with observations and discoveries!

Have fun!

Look out for a lovely nature based poem on Monday.

With best wishes,

  1. Ooooo – I haven’t got the ones you mention, I will look into them. I’m slowly growing my own nature…

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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