Sketching by the Barrow - Melissa Culhane

Waterways Ireland made this short film about one of my sketching workshops along the beautiful river Barrow in Carlow last summer.

Nature Sketch Walks

I’m back doing nature sketch walks for groups of all ages. This seems to be particularly suitable for festivals and for community gatherings as it works so well across all ages. Everyone brings their own sketchbook and  art materials (something handy like colouring pencils are great for on the go!) and we take a walk and tune into nature. I move around the group to encourage people and make sure everyone is getting into the flow of looking and drawing. It becomes a really relaxing time together and sometimes I get a chance to show off my wildflower/tree/mushroom identification knowledge even though I’m still pretty bad at the mushrooms! It’s a really good, informal way, to bring people together.

Here are some photos from a recent nature sketch walk I did as part of Carlow Garden Festival. This was along the River Barrow in Leighlinbridge so an exceptionally beautiful setting!

Thanks to Carlow Tourism and Paul Murphy for the photos.