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Bird Journals: Sketching & Painting Birds Simply for your Pleasure

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When: Oct 07, 2017 from 10:00 am to 03:00 pm
Erin Law

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 10: Nov 18 (Sat): Bird markings and suggesting locations. Using the principle of “less is more,” we will play with how to suggest bird markings and where the bird is: water, foliage, grasses, rocks. We will use pen, pencil and watercolor in fun ways: stamping and printing, watery paints, drawing tricks.

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 / $65 non-members per session

Limited to 16 participants per session



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