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Bird Journals: For the Joy of It!

A monthly Saturday class with Jude Siegel

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 zest!

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. 


June 8: Summer Birds and Their Habitats
We’ll learn easy and fun ways to suggest water, trees, rocks and sky with your birds. We don’t have to be literal or exact to render a wonderful image!

July 13: Drawing and Painting Birds
Learning to see , in order to draw and paint is a learned skill. We will approach this with simple exercises to help you get the important elements of the birds you want to record in your journal. Simplify and suggest, practice editing, draw and add just enough watercolor to make those birds sing on your pages.

August 24: Summer Birds and Their Surroundings
Let’s capture some birds of Summer and practice ways to suggest different environments: water, sky,
grasses, woods and more.

Keep your journals simple and yet, depicting the birds you want on your pages.

Register for Bird Journals with Jude Siegel!

Sign up for this class to develop your unique artistic style to interpret the birds you see, and their surroundings, to capture the gist of the birds on your pages.


Class Details

  • Fee: $45 members / $65 non-members per session

  • Location: Heron Hall or Portland Audubon Bat Roost, downstairs from the main lobby (5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland Oregon)

  • ​Bring your own lunch, snacks, water bottle​
  • Limited to 16 participants per session

Supply List

All supplies may be found at Artist and Craftsman (two locations). Read carefully before you go to the store and contact Jude (colorfuljude@gmail.com) if you have any questions. Bring this list for a student discount.

  • ​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 More Details
  • 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


July 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Portland Audubon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
$45 – $65


Portland Audubon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
$45 – $65


Erin Law