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Bird Journals: Sketching & Painting Birds Simply for your Pleasure

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When: Apr 22, 2017 from 10:00 am to 03:00 pm
Marissa Duncan

Apr 22, May 20, June 10 | Explore ways to add birds to your nature journal with Jude Siegel.

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Artist and author Jude Siegel provides simple approaches for anyone who likes birds and wants to record them easily on paper.  Create or continue a bird journal and learn to see and draw just enough to suggest the bird you saw. Then add some watercolor and create a sense of the surroundings. Fun and easy exercises to help you record the birds you see by hand.  You will learn so much that way.  NO ART EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, just enthusiasm!

Each class has a specific focus and is complete in itself. You can take one, or take them all! All classes will use watercolor, pen, and pencil.  See the supply list below.

Session 3: April 22nd (Sat), 10AM - 3PM : Ways to suggest trees, water, rocks, and skies with drawing and watercolor 

Session 4: May 20th (Sat), 10AM - 3PM : Sketching birds: form, pose, and how to get it on paper

Session 5: June 10th (Sat), 10AM - 3PM : Continuing to record birds (includes review of seeing and drawing) we will explore more ways to create an interesting bird page, with drawings, watercolor, leaf-prints, writing and more. 

Session 6: July 8th (Sat), 10AM - 3PM : Quick studies are the way to draw live birds, and learning how to see, and what to focus on is essential! We will use specimens and possibly live education birds to practice these skills, then add some watercolor to get markings and surrounds, and create a unique bird journal page.

All sessions are held in Heron Hall

All supplies can be found at Artist & Craftsman Supply in Portland. They are helpful in finding things, and this list will give you a student discount of 10%.
Please bring the following to the first class in a pack or bag you can carry easily:
  • A coilbound or sewn sketchbook with at least 90# paper that can take watercolor. Examples: Handbook, Strathmore, 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. Example: Pitt, medium or fine
  • 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 what 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. I can help you with this.
  • Watercolor brush, round, size #8 or #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 me: colorfuljude@gmail.com
Fee:  $45 members / $60 non-members per session

Limited to 16 participants per session

(Event Type = Adult Class)



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