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Credit: Leah Dittberner

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During her fellowship at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, naturalist Leah Dittberner offered a series of nature painting classes for the public as part of an independent project. Since these beta classes were only $10, I took one and ended up walking away with my own version of the birch trees (left).
A blank canvas on a rustic easel awaited me at my spot in the painting class at Dodge Nature Center near my home in Minnesota.

Credit: Molly Guthrey

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A blank canvas on a rustic easel awaited me at my spot in the painting class at Dodge Nature Center near my home in Minnesota.
teaching class

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Naturalist fellow Leah Dittberner (standing, right) teaches one of her nature painting classes earlier this year.
My finished work of art — a close-up of birch trees that I painted with the guidance of Leah Dittberner, the naturalist fellow who led the class at the nature center.

Credit: Molly Guthrey

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My finished work of art — a close-up of birch trees that I painted with the guidance of Leah Dittberner, the naturalist fellow who led the class at the nature center.
Sadly, I don't think my thrift-store painting approves of my nature-class painting on my art wall at home.

Credit: Molly Guthrey

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Sadly, I don't think my thrift-store painting approves of my nature-class painting on my art wall at home.
After taking a painting class, I decided to turn my dining room into a "mini makerspace" to spur creativity — the shelves are now stocked with items like paintbrushes and glue sticks.

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After taking a painting class, I decided to turn my dining room into a "mini makerspace" to spur creativity — the shelves are now stocked with items like paintbrushes and glue sticks.
My favorite painting effort, completed back when I was back in high school.

Credit: Molly Guthrey

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My favorite painting effort, completed back when I was in high school.
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