The Naturalist’s Sketchbook: Sketching Nature in Pencil, Pen, and Paint
February 3, 2018, 10am-4pm; Snow date February 10
Maine Audubon Society, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Maine
Maine Audubon Members: $68, Nonmembers: $85
Get inspired to explore the rich diversity of life around you in pencil, pen, and paint. This 6-hour workshop will help you prepare to sketch outdoors, cover drawing and watercolor painting techniques, and explore ways to capture a sense of place on paper. Whether you are looking for renewed inspiration, seeking to nurture your creative spark, or hoping to build your artistic skills, The Naturalist Sketchbook will set you on a journey of discovery that is much more than just an illustrated record of what you see. Sketch after sketch, year after year, you’ll cultivate a sense of wonder and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the world around you. Some experience with drawing is helpful, but instruction will be tailored to various skill levels. Materials suggestions provided upon registration, please bring lunch.
Limit 12 students. Age 16 and up.
Arts and Birding- For Photographers and Artists
July 8-13, 2018 Registration is open and filling fast!
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. Here’s a glimpse of the program to tempt you:
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:
Illustrated Watercolor Journaling
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.
Sketching in Nature with Pen and Ink with Watercolor
Learn how to combine pen and ink with watercolor to enliven your nature sketches and sharpen your natural history skills. This class aims to help you get (or stay) inspired by learning new techniques and exploring two of the most versatile and portable art materials.
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.