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Clare Walker Leslie

ELI Master Artist and Workshop Leader
Clare Walker Leslie grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means of connecting both herself and her students with where we live, season by season and year upon year. Self taught as a naturalist, she has used her own ongoing nature journals, since l978 (and now numbering 50), as a method for continuing her study of nature outdoors, no matter where she is–city, country, her home, far away. She has taught at Williams College, Harvard’s Landscape Design Program, College of the Atlantic, Antioch New England, and many Audubon Centers, and is a member of the National Guild of Scientific Illustrators and the international Artists For Nature Foundation. She teaches nature drawing, field nature study, and nature journaling, helping all ages to better connect with their own local places. She is the author of 13 books, including Drawn to Nature: From the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie; Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You; Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning; The Art of Field Sketching; A Year in Nature: A Memoir of Solace; and The Curious Nature Guide: Explore the Natural Wonders All Around You. Her books are used internationally with several now in foreign translations, demonstrating that the love of and curiosity for nature is an international language.