DRAWN TO NATURE
Tuesdays, August 24, 31, Sept 7, 14- registration closed
Visit the Winslow Art Center and email them to ask to be put on an early notice list for the next class, as I will offer this again.
Sketching nature is a powerful tool for connecting to the wider world around us. This class will focus on multiple approaches to capturing nature-related subjects with an eye toward deepening our understanding, appreciation, and connection to the places we live (or visit). We will work primarily in ink and watercolor, the most portable and versatile mediums for field sketching, and focus on a variety of subjects to help you build your artistic skills while experimenting with different layouts and techniques.
TAPPING AUDUBON’S PASSION: Sketching Birds in Watercolor
Thursday, August 12, 2-5pm (via Zoom) or
Thursday, September 23, 2-5pm (via Zoom)
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; REGISTER
Take a closer look at the artistry of John James Audubon’s Birds of America and learn techniques for making your bird sketches and paintings take flight. Audubon’s Birds of America, a giant “double elephant folio” of 434 engravings, is singularly spectacular not only for its size, beauty, and comprehensiveness, but also because it showcases Audubon’s passion for painting North America’s birds. The Currier Museum’s collection includes 40 original engravings. We’ll examine several engravings of songbirds and the watercolor paintings from which they are derived (from the collection of the New York Historical Society) and try our hand at sketching and painting those same species.
OLANA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL- SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, NY– the extraordinary home and landscape masterpiece of Frederic Church– is hosting a Plein Air Festival with workshops scheduled throughout the day. I will be offering a workshop for adults in the morning and for families in the afternoon. Stay turned for details and registration.
ARTS AND BIRDING
Registration opens in the fall
Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine
Find creative inspiration on Maine’s stunningly beautiful rocky coast, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and rhythms of life on an island. Arts and Birding brings together people of all artistic levels who share an enthusiasm for birds and nature, and invites you to learn, explore and grow in a fun and supportive environment. 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 sketching/painting. You’ll also have longer blocks of time to explore and sketch on your own using the island and its many resources for inspiration. Join me and fellow instructors Sherrie York, Barry VanDusen, and Sean Murtha for a great week.
Interesting in Hosting a Workshop?
Contact me! The best thing to do is to reach out via e-mail and tell me 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.
jeanmackayart (at) gmail (dot) com
Here are a few possibilities:
- Sketching Nature with Pencil, Pen, and Paint
- Illustrated Journaling in Watercolor
- Drawing Birds
- Sketching Bird Eggs, Feathers and Nests
- Travel Sketching with Watercolor