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Outdoor Drawing

Diana MacKenzie

These recent photos of a Hampshire College drawing class in our courtyard reminds me that fall is a wonderful time of year to draw or paint outside with your family.

Setup a mini outdoor studio with pencils, pens, or markers on a tablecloth in the grass, on a picnic table, or just a quiet spot off the trail.

Practice drawing what you see around you. Look for interesting plants, animals, or buildings to focus on.

Collect your observations in a home made journal or attach sheets of drawing paper to a clipboard.

Next time you take a walk in the woods or a trip to the park, try bringing along some art supplies!


Diana, smiling wearing an orange scarf and brown shirt.

Diana MacKenzie

Public Art Program Educator from 2007-2016, Diana has a BFA in Printmaking from Syracuse University and creates mixed-media works inspired by her travels, combining her interests in printmaking and sculpture. She received her M.A.T. from Mount Holyoke College in June 2017, and continues teaching visual arts to children and adults.