Richardson Bay Audubon is partnering with naturalist, artist and educator John Muir Laws to offer you a three class series covering the fundamentals of drawing birds.
Nature journaling and bird drawing offer a fresh new way to experience birds and familiar scenes around you. No prior experience drawing is required! All you need is internet access, a writing implement, some paper and the desire to learn.
Classes will take place over Zoom Webinars on Thursdays at 9 AM – 11 AM (PT) on the following dates. You will also have access to class recordings to replay at any time.
May 14th – How to Draw Garden Birds: Learn how to capture the form and feeling of sparrows, warblers and other common songbirds with fast and efficient lines. Learn key anatomical details to help you draw them accurately in the field or in the studio.
May 21st – How to Draw Waterbirds: Learn the key foundation lines for drawing waterfowl and wading birds. Draw ducks in and out of the water and learn tricks to show the shape of long legs and necks on herons, egrets, and shorebirds. We will also study the way that feather groups overlap to simplify the plumage.
May 28th – How to Draw Raptors: Learn to draw hawks, eagles, and owls. In this workshop we will explore how to sketch perched raptors and learn to draw the birds from the front, side, and 3/4 view.
Meet Your Instructor: John (Jack) Muir Laws is the author of The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds. He helps students forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. He has taught popular drawing classes at Richardson Bay Audubon Center for the last six years.
Jack is trained as a wildlife biologist and an associate of the California Academy of Sciences. He observes the world with rigorous attention and looks for mysteries and connections in all he sees. Observation, curiosity, and creative thinking are not gifts, but skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. Jack teaches techniques and routines that make these skills part of everyday life.