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Bird Journals

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When: Jan 20, 2018 from 10:00 am to 03:00 pm
Erin Law

Mar 24 | Coloration and Markings Apr 21 | Surroundings May 5 | Design Elements for your Bird Journal pages Jun 16| Birds in the Field: what to look for, how to manage with moving subjects!

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Bird Journals for Enjoyment: A monthly Saturday Class with Jude Siegel


Our instructor, Jude Siegel, is a naturalist, artist and teacher with a passion for birds, and for journaling. She teaches Nature Journaling in the Portland area:In addition to classes for Audubon, Jude teaches at Multnomah Art Center, for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and at her studio. She has written A Pacific Northwest Nature Sketchbook (Timber Press 2006).

Start or continue a bird journal, to record your interest and experiences in the field or from a window. Explore and play with ways to create a charming, personal and colorful visual record, using drawing, simple watercolor and writing. Practice seeing in a new way,  drawing what is essential, and using watercolor to add color and zest. Develop your unique style to interpret the birds you see, and  their surroundings, to capture the gist of the birds on your pages.

No art experience needed. This is a monthly Saturday class.You may take one or more of the series. Each class is complete in itself with a focus and exercises. 

March 24, Coloration and Markings Ways to say just enough, with drawing and watercolor. Learn to take notes for developing later.

April 21, Surroundings

May 5, Design Elements for your Bird Journal pages

June 16, Birds in the Field: what to look for, how to manage with moving subjects!

All sessions are held in Heron Hall, 10am-3pm.

2018 Supply List
​All supplies  may be found at Artist and Craftsman (two locations). 
Bring this list for a student discount.​
Please bring the following to the class in a pack or bag you can carry easily:​. Read carefully before you go to the store and contact Jude if you have questions.
  • ​Lunch, snacks, water bottle​
  • ​Journal: ​A coilbound or sewn sketchbook with at least 90# paper that can take watercolor. Examples: Handbook, Strathmore​* ( many people like this one, decent paper and black cover)​, Canson and others. Size: at least about 8 x 10, your choice. This will be your journal, so choose something that you like!
  • Waterproof black pen. Examples:​ Uniball vision elite (light grey with black fisheye top, says waterproof) or the Faber-Castell​ Pitt, medium or fine
  • ​Paints (please read this carefully!)
​PAINTS:​A small travel palette of watercolors, that hinges shut. I can make a small travel paintbox for you with 9 professional colors, for $50. Please order from me at least one week before class. Other options for paints: Bring ​w​​atercolors​ you have, or pick up a set of PRANG. They are inexpensive but usable, until you want something of higher quality. I do NOT recommend student grade watercolors, like Cotman, Koi etc…I say, either use Prang, or invest in professional quality. 
  • Watercolor brush, round, size #10. Princeton makes a blend that is reasonable.
  • Water containers: small yogurt size, 2-3
  • Rag
  • Soft pencil, #4B Example: woodless pencil #4B
  • Kneaded eraser
If you need help, please contact Jude at colorfuljude@gmail.com
Fee:  $45 members / $65 non-members per session

Limited to 16 participants per session



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