Naturalism is a late 19th- and early 20th-century movement that was inspired by adaptation of the principles and methods of natural science, especially the Darwinian view of nature, to literature and art. We aim to share our knowledge of sketching, drawing, and painting the flora and fauna of our 21st century world through online instruction, by teaching classical art techniques with a modern expression. Honor your personal connection to Nature through careful observation and depiction of natural science subjects and habitats in a contemporary style.

Our school is hosted on the popular and easy-to-use Teachable platform. Signing up for our courses is simple and each step is explained in detail. To learn more about our school, please visit The Contemporary Naturalism Guild of Art School on Teachable at this link

Sketchbook Series

Make a sketchbook part of your daily artistic habit

Your sketchbook can be many things… a repository of ideas, a place to experiment, a record of specific plants or animals in a certain place and time. Let the blank page inspire, not intimidate! Fill it with marks, colors, words, and pictures. Celebrate your creativity by recording your ideas all in one place.

Some of the subjects we will be exploring:

  • A Walk in the Winter Woods
  • Springtime Observations
  • Summer in the Field
  • Sitting at the Seashore
  • Fall into Foraging
  • The Assembled Sketchbook
  • Creating a Naturalist’s Notebook
  • “I See a Bird”

To view our current and upcoming courses in our Sketchbook Series, please visit The Contemporary Naturalism Guild of Art School at this link

Mini-Courses & In-Depth Workshops


Hone your current skills or learn the basics of a new technique or medium.

Our mini-courses focus on specific classical techniques and skills taught in shorter, accessible sessions, both live and pre-recorded.

We promise to make learning new creative skills and techniques fun!

To view our current & upcoming mini courses, please visit The Contemporary Naturalism Guild of Art Mini Courses at this link.


Our workshops offer the opportunity to study more in-depth; to learn a new medium, study a specific subject or learn a foundational skill.

Our workshops will be combinations of live and pre-recorded sessions. All recorded segments will be broken down into smaller, workable lessons which will allow you to progress at your own pace. 

To view our current & upcoming workshops, please visit The Contemporary Naturalism Guild of Art Workshops at this link.

Mentorship Program – Coming Soon

We are working on creating a mentorship program that will allow you to work one-on-one with a practicing botanical artist and a contemporary naturalist artist to develop and achieve your personal artistic goals.

Are you just beginning your artistic journey, or are you looking for new inspiration in your creative practice? Would you like to learn how to paint in egg tempera or establish a regular sketchbook habit?

For a personally-tailored experience, choose by subject such as birds, fungi, wildflowers or by medium such as watercolor, dry brush watercolor, egg tempera, gouache or any combination you wish.

You can book a single session for a critique, to brush-up on a technique, or review your individual progress or create a personalized schedule to study more in-depth.

To learn more about our upcoming mentorship program, please visit The Contemporary Naturalism Guild of Art Mentorship Program at this link.