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2016 Lisa Takata

September 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mind Mapping to Capture the Beauty of Nature

IMG_3055Explore simple ways to observe and record our outdoor experiences with mind mapping, journaling and collaborative activities for our own creative inspiration and to share with others back home.

The beauty and expansiveness of Escalante’s landscape offers great inspiration but can easily overwhelm the senses.  This interactive presentation offers some simple tools for making the most of our time here to record more of what we are seeing and experiencing.  We will learn how to use our notes and sketches to provide personal creative inspiration and make it easy to share the richness of our experiences with family and friends back home.  These tools can easily be applied to any future journeys you may take.   A short nature walk is included to practice our skills, so remember to bring a journal and something to write with to this program.

Mind mapping is a great tool to broaden our observations when we go exploring outdoors. Each participant will create a map unique to their particular interests…what are we most curious about discovering during our visit? What will each of our five senses show us? What will we see during different times of day? What living plants and creatures inhabit the area? What colors will we see around us? What types of geographic features will we find across the landscape? No artistic experience is necessary to make a successful mind map – all you need is a large piece of paper, a pencil and a sense of curiosity about the natural world around us.

2016 Takata workshop

Lisa Takata is an artist and writer from Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoys exploring outdoors and has completed artist residencies at Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Parks. The Southwest’s dramatic geography and cultural history provides constant creative inspiration.  She spent three summers on the volunteer crew of an annual Navajo wool buy, helping Navajo families continue their sheep herding traditions and earn fair market prices for the wool and mohair they raise.


September 23, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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