Registration is open for Nancy Glassman’s outdoor nature drawing course on three Thursdays, July 11, 18 and 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road.

The course will cover all of the basics of drawing from nature including emphasizing natural textures, hand-eye coordination and learning to view nature as a subject. This course is an excellent opportunity for teens, art students and adults to boost their portfolios while also experiencing drawing live from nature. Participants will work in various areas of the park — gardens, meadows and woodlands.

With more than 35 years of experience in art instruction, Glassman specializes in the connection between art and nature. She is known for her gentle approach and encouraging manner, focusing on individual strengths, needs, and learning styles, as well as group dynamics and community.

Preregistration is required, and participants may sign up for one or all classes. The cost for each two-hour session is $20, $15 for Merryspring members; or $50/$40 for all three. Classes will be held outside, so participants should be prepared to wear weather-appropriate clothing, carry water bottles and apply sunscreen and insect repellent as necessary. Participants also must provide their own art materials including a sketchpad, graded pencils, erasers and simple watercolors.

To sign up for this class or for more information, contact Merryspring at 236-2239 or

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or