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Bird Journals: For the Joy of It!

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When: May 04, 2019 10:00 AM to Jun 08, 2019 03:00 PM
Erin Law

May 4, June 8, July 13, August 24 | Let artist and author Jude Siegel set you on your way to practice easy ways to record birds in your journals, with a little background as well. Take one class or take them all!

A Monthly Saturday class with Jude Siegel, 10am - 3pm

Journal By Jude
By 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 Portland 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 bird journaling, 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 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. 

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

Location: Bat Roost, downstairs from the main lobby  

May 4 - Birds Poses
Working with photo references, as well as with Education Birds, we will practice getting parts, poses, and what to do when the bird moves. 
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 what matters, then get it on paper
In this class, we will learn to see in order to draw and paint, 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! No experience required! Beginners and beyond welcome.
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. Beginners and beyond welcome! Start, or continue your bird journal skills.
Limited to 16 participants per session


2018/2019 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 (colorfuljude@gmail.com) if you have any 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

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