Bateman’s Sketch Across Canada

by Shelby Smith

Bateman’s Sketch Across Canada is a nationwide project put together by the Bateman Foundation in honour of Robert Bateman’s 90th birthday.  Robert Bateman is a realist painter, known for his paintings of nature and wildlife. He is also a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues, using his art to raise millions of dollars for these causes.

“Bateman’s Sketch Across Canada is a nationwide project by the Bateman Foundation. Working with Black Press Media, we’re producing 33,000 free sketchbooks to be distributed across the country, asking Canadians to venture outside and, in the words of Robert Bateman, “become bright-eyed three-year-olds again”. Sketching nature promotes knowledge, understanding, and connection to the environment, and the act itself is a mindful one: taking the time to stop, look and sketch can be a useful tool for managing anxiety and depression.”


– Bateman Foundation

The Muse has partnered with the Bateman Foundation and the Douglas Family Art Centre will be a pick-up location.

Come by the Douglas Family Art Centre to pick up your free sketchbook and use #mynaturesketch on social media to share your work.


Learn more:

Bateman’s Sketch Across Canada

Did you know?

The Tugboat Mather was the last steam boat on the Lake of the Woods, retiring in 1960.