ARTS AND BIRDING
June 20-25, 2021
Registration is open and limited to 30.
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.
DRAWN TO NATURE
Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27
6:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time; 3:00 pm-5:00 PM Pacific Time
Winslow Art Center (via Zoom)
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.
IN WORDS AND ART: Sketching In Harriet’s Garden
Saturday, July 10, 3-5:30pm (in person)
The Stowe Center, Hartford, CT
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing explores injustice and hardship, but did you know that she sought out and celebrated beauty in her gardens and botanical paintings? Surrounded by Stowe’s bountiful gardens, this workshop will invite you to look, learn, find inspiration, and sketch.
TAPPING AUDUBON’S PASSION: Sketching Birds in Watercolor
Thursday, August 12, 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.
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
- The Art of Connecting with Nature
- Travel Sketching with Watercolor