“Christine joyously and with abundant enthusiasm & skill will share with you her knowledge and passion for wildlife and plants and how to sketch/draw them. If you feel lacking in your abilities to draw, Christine will dispel them quickly and will give you instruction & you WILL gain confidence that you DO have the ability & that with practice you will improve. Christine IS a naturalist’s naturalist.”
– Sue Amison-Hicks

“Christine Elder has a refreshingly welcoming approach to teaching that reflects her obvious passion for wildlife and conservation of our natural environment. Whether at her home in Oregon or visiting us deep in the tropics at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, she has a marvelous potential to connect people with birds in a rich and meaningful way”
– Neil Gerlowski, Executive Director, Vallarta Botanical Garden

“Christine is so genuine – in her love of nature and desire to teach others about its beauty. She warmly welcomes people into her nature-loving community. You won’t regret joining Christine!”
-Ian Fawley, Interpretive Ranger, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Teaching about javelinas

“Christine is stellar in the classroom. Her projects are well thought out and she works very collaboratively with the classroom teachers. She mixes the science and the art nicely and the projects are well-timed”
-Julie Block, former Director
Youth in Arts, San Rafael

“Christine is so inspiring! She shares her extensive knowledge of our natural surroundings and helpful tips to better capture them on paper. I’ve become much more observant of the creatures and plant life I’ve come across which can only benefit my art-making.”
-Diane Marie

“Christine is such a wonderful teacher. She knows her field really well and is very generous with her time and information. Her classes are top of the line and so much fun”
– Lorna Cahall, Bend Oregon

Art Station

Christine ignites the studio classroom with her in-depth knowledge of wildlife biology, illustration, drawing, and painting to create a unique, diverse learning environment for artists of all ages! All of Christine’s classes are high-quality opportunities for our students at Art Station.”
-Deborah Allen, Arts Education Manager

“I’ve come to drawing late in life, and Christine’s cheer, enthusiasm, and knowledge have really helped me along. She’s a fellow biologist’s dream nature journaling teacher. I’ve purchased each of her online courses as they’ve become available, and she’s getting me past my plateaus and onward with improvement!”
-Chris Fisher


“Christine is a dynamite teacher, even for slow art learners like me. I’ve taken two bird sketching classes with here – she’s patient, entertaining and knows how to integrate biology with technique”
– Denise Fainberg, Redmond Oregon


“Christine is a strong, youthful scientist who entices others to look at the loveliness of nature. Her energy is contagious. Anyone would be lucky to have Christine on their team. Her passion and love for nature permeate whatever it is she is doing. She’s the real deal and has the scientific knowledge to accompany her enthusiasm”
– Jill Harke, Director, John Muir Mountain Day Camp

“It was a pleasure working with Christine. She is very knowledgeable and knows who to convey that knowledge in a way that makes people excited to learn. Our girls absolutely love her enthusiasm and creative activities. I would highly recommend Christine for any program that involved teaching art and science to children”
– Amy Perez, Girl Scout Leader, Troop 1238

“Thanks, Christine for sharing your passion and expertise with us in your wonderful class today. Both my kids loved it and so did I. I appreciate you being so supportive of our different skill levels. And your nature songs were a big hit – the girls have been singing them all afternoon!”
-Robin Baraybar, Oregon

“Ms. Elder enhanced our seventh grade Life Sciences curriculum; her knowledge, expertise and organizational skills always make it a rewarding experience for all”
–Trish Mihalek, Hall Middle School

“Excellent mix of science, nature, and art”
“The Art Station is lucky to have such a teacher for kids as well as adults”
“Quick, practical tips that are easy to remember” 

“Your introducing me to drawing (the scariest thing ever!) actually has led me to draw as a form of meditation and journaling without words … loving it!!!”
Thank you forever,
-Marie Mathews

Praise from Kids

“Dear Christine,
You are a great teacher and I love drawing with you.  When I first moved to Oregon I didn’t know anything about nature and you were the first one to teach me.  Since then I have wanted to learn more about plants and birds.  I can’t wait to see you again next year, and maybe we can draw some insects and bugs that we find!”
-Love, Monet (age 10)

I have gone birding with Christine and have gone to several of her art classes. My family has had so much fun learning about birds from these experiences. Christine is very nice and she loves nature. It is fun to sing bird songs with her and watch her dance. I’m looking forward to seeing her again.

-Gunner (age 12)


Christine’s Students