Nature Sketch Walks

I lead nature sketch walks for groups of all ages. This is particularly suitable for festivals and community gatherings because it works so well across all ages. It’s also great for work outings. 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/bird identification knowledge…at some point we all get over-excited about a tiny insect or an extra nice flower and usually it’s the youngest member of our party that finds it! It’s a really fun and gentle way to bring people together and connect to nature.

Donegal Sketch Walks 2024

I was delighted to be awarded an Artist Bursary at the end of 2023 from Donegal County Council to fund some nature sketch walks in County Donegal in the coming year. This series of sketch walks will be free to the public and will happen later on in the year when the weather is nice – hopefully you will be able to join me then – I’ll keep you posted!

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, summer 2022.

Carlow Garden Festival

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, an exceptionally beautiful setting! Thanks to Carlow Tourism and Paul Murphy for the photos.

Sligo Children's Community Garden

Generational Calm

Ruth Le Gear made this beautiful video of my nature journalling workshop in Sligo Children’s Community Garden, October 2022

Thanks to Ruth Le Gear for the photos.