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Art hits the trails in Bristol

ART ON THE Trail participants on the Bristol Trail Network’s Coffin Factory Trail sketch along the New Haven River in Bristol’s first Art on The Trail journaling workshop, held in June. The second workshop, led by artist Charon Henning is scheduled for Saturday, July 8. Photo courtesy of Porter Knight

BRISTOL — As Artist-in-Residence on the Bristol Trail Network, artist and scientific illustrator Charon Henning is offering free monthly nature observation and art journaling classes on different sections of the Bristol Trail Network each month, from June to December.

Eight students joined Henning at the Coffin Factory Loop trail section on June 3 and produced a wide range of sketches and observations 

The next session, this coming Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, will focus on a technique called diagramming, which involves deep observation of complex natural object and breaking it down into component parts for drawing. 

These monthly Art on the Trail workshops are free, but registration is required. Email Henning directly to register at [email protected]. Once registered Henning will let you know where to park and what section of the trail you’ll be observing.

All ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It is not necessary to attend all of the monthly session. This is a fantastic way to connect with nature in Bristol and slow down as you spend time on the trail, closely observing the wonders that are all around you. Some materials are available to share but you are encouraged to bring a sketchbook with pens and/or pencils to begin your journal.

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