Nature Journaling in Sedona

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Nature Journaling in Sedona
with Julie Richard and Ed Buonvecchio

September 28, 2024 | Saturday

  • Experience: All levels are welcome. No drawing, painting, or journaling experience is necessary.
  • Medium: Watercolor, Drawing.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of required and suggested supplies.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio to start and then the workshop will travel to a site TBD.

In this workshop you will learn the basic concepts of Nature Journaling and overview and practice of illustration and watercolor.  Ed and Julie are both experienced hikers and began Nature Journaling many years ago while living in Phoenix. They have honed their process, focus and skills over the years and will share with their students a fun way to enhance their outdoor and hiking experience while creating a journal documenting their travels.

This one-day workshop will involve an up to 2.5 mile hike at a location in Sedona to be determined. 

Materials Required For Students To Bring:  Please click the Materials List tab above.

Questions about the workshop or supplies? Email Julie

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Julie Richard

Julie Richard

Julie Richard is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sedona Arts Center.

She is an avid hiker and art and nature journaling enthusiast. She is a published writer and self-taught artist, picking up pointers from her professional artist husband, Ed Buonvecchio, along the way. Julie has learned to adapt her limited drawing skills to document her journeys along the way.

Ed Buonvecchio

Ed Buonvecchio

Ed Buonvecchio is an award-winning professional artist and avid hiker. He has taught drawing and painting at various levels for years. As a plein air painter, his passion is painting the landscapes he experiences in his outdoor journeys.

“Plein air painting has been an extension of my love for nature and the outdoors. It is always an adventure and challenge to me! The more I paint outdoors the more intimate I become with our Earth and the more I can share this intimacy and value for our environment with others. It is the journey and adventure to complete a study or finish a painting that keeps me going out for more.

My medium of choice is oil. I prefer oil paints because they are time proven. They remain open so that one can have time to blend and adjust. Oils also remain workable for plein air painting in a wide range of temperatures allowing for cold winter and hot summer conditions.

My wife and I recently returned to Arizona in the Sedona area. After living and painting in Maine, I will continue my quest to paint the landscape in our new home capturing the raw beauty of the desert southwest. 

I was born in 1950 and raised in Camillus, New York. I graduated from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo with a BFA in Communication Design. I began my career as a graphic designer and illustrator in design firms and advertising agencies in the Central New York region. I then established a freelance business in design, Illustration and public art mural painting before moving on to a fine art career.

Through the years I have been involved with community service. Before moving to Maine I served on the City of Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission, Three Rivers Historical Society Board of Directors, founder and designer of the Estrella Mountain Regional Park Centennial Trail and Chairman of the Centennial Trail Planning Committee. For two years I was the Master Artist for “Gallery 37″, the West Valley Arts Council’s public art program, directing high school art students to design, present and produce public art for municipal clients.”


  • Basic Watercolor Set (Daniel Smith, Windsor Newton, Koi)
  • Watercolor Journal (depending on how many sign up I may make one for each person)
  • Round 6, Round 2 and wash brush OR water brushes (pentel makes good ones)
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Small Nalgene Jar for water
  • Holbein or Washi Tape
  • Ruler
  • A magnifying glass or loupe
  • Portable Chair
  • Sunscreen
  • Water – for drinking
  • Lunch
  • Hiking Boots
  • Backpack to hold it all


  • Watercolor or Regular Colored Pencils
  • Phone or Camera
  • Stand to hold your stuff (on the Amazon List)
  • Polaroid Hi Print and Refills
  • Reference Materials
  • Hiking Poles

Here is a list we put together of items you might want for this class:

Questions about the workshop or supplies? Email Julie – 

Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Tuition must be paid in full upon registration.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices at 928-282-3809, ext 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours which are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

In-Person and Online Classes Cancellation

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before August 28, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after August 28, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: We strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the April 30, 2024 cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.