Bird Journaling Workshop
The Art of Exploration
The Art of Exploration
The Bird Journaling Workshop is offered to a variety of private and public organizations as a creative way to engage the populations they currently serve and to attract new audiences. It is an affordable opportunity for organizations to enhance their current program offering without additional staff or infrastructure.
There are two versions of the workshop, each designed with a different audience in mind. The first version is for those who would like to learn how to draw birds, other animals and plants from life, with the intention of becoming proficient. There will be how-to demonstrations, individual instruction and abundant drawing time. This may be presented as a full day workshop or multi-day workshop, (up to four days) depending on the venue. The second version is more casual and the workshop’s purpose is to explore something new and have fun. Typically, this is the half-day (2.5 hours) workshop.
Goal of the Workshop for Participants
The goal of the Bird Journaling Workshop is to provide participants a proven method to observe and record the essential information necessary to create accurate field studies. By learning to approach nature in this way, participants will have the opportunity to enrich their experience of the natural world.
The goals of the Bird Journaling Workshop are achieved through both classroom and field work.
Adult Workshop - College age and older with exceptions
Skill Level – Beginner & Intermediate
Half-Day - 4 hours
Full Day - 6 hours
Two, Three or Four Day Workshop
Family Friendly Workshop - Children accompanied by parents, children 12+, (2.5 hrs.)
Drawing birds from life can be a rewarding experience if undertaken with a knowledge of the tools, materials and the subject beforehand.
The Classroom component of the workshop includes a review of the following: Equipment; Materials; Drawing; Species; Expectations; Demonstration; Photography; Resources. It focuses on understanding how to draw accurately from 2D and 3D reference material.
The Field component of the workshop includes the following:
Applying what has been learned; Demonstration by instructor; Photography for reference; Critique; Q&A - Conclusion.
Bird Journaling Workshop participants can expect to gain the fundamental knowledge required to approach the field sketching of birds and other animals and plants with confidence. Practicing this approach consistently will improve drawing skills and create a more satisfying journal sketching experience. Participants are encouraged to continue learning about and practicing field sketching and will be provided a list recommended online and print resources.
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