Sketching and Painting Bird Eggs and Nests
Sunday, March 22, 1-4 pm
Emma Treadwell Thatcher Nature Center, Voorheesville, NY
Registration opening soon
Capture the beauty of bird eggs and nests. We’ll start with pencil to define basic shapes and forms and then use the color medium of your choice (colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, etc.) to add color and bring a nest to life. Some experience with drawing is helpful, but instruction will be tailored to various skill levels. Fee: $30
Plein Air Warm Up for Spring
Saturday, April 18, 1:30-4:30pm
Art School of Columbia County, Ghent, NY
Registration opening soon
Get ready to spring into spring with techniques for sketching and painting outside. Working with a combination of ink, watercolor, and colored pencil, we’ll head outside for part of the class, weather depending, and continue indoors with spring plants and flowers.
Arts and Birding- For Photographers and Artists
July 19-24, 2020
Waiting list only!
Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and rhythms of life on an island on Maine’s stunningly beautiful rocky coast! You’ll find plenty of creative inspiration in the company of others who share an enthusiasm for birds and nature. We’ll explore the island’s spruce forest, tide pools, and striking vistas, take a boat trip to see puffins, and offer daily skill sessions in your choice specialty sketching/painting or photography. Beginner to advanced participants welcome. We work in a fun, positive, collaborative atmosphere.
Interesting in Hosting a Workshop?
Contact me! The best thing to do is to reach out via e-mail and tell me a little about what you have in mind. Then we can arrange to talk on the phone to discuss details. I like to tailor a workshop to the needs of each group. Fees vary based on travel and workshop length.
jeanmackay (dot) art (at) gmail (dot) com
Here are a few possibilities:
Sketching Nature with Pencil, Pen, and Paint
Learn a variety of techniques for capturing nature and enlivening your sketches. This class aims to help you feel more confident sketching in the field and offers ideas and inspiration for nature sketching all year long.
Illustrated Journaling in Watercolor
Learn to keep your own artist journal to capture your creative journey and improve your skills as an artist. We’ll share subject ideas, test drive materials, and consider compositions for combining artwork and text to create engaging pages. You’ll also learn practical techniques for drawing and painting the subjects you encounter.
Draw a Better Bird
Yes, birds have knees! And three rows of feathers on their wings and all sorts of other specific body features that are helpful to understand in order to draw and paint birds more accurately. We’ll take a closer look at key features and practice drawing some of the details to make your bird sketching take flight.