Jean Mackay – Seabird Portraits in Watercolor (Online); Tuesdays, July 16, July 30, August 13 & August 27, 2024

Dates: Tuesdays, July 16, July 30, August 13 & August 27, 2024
Time: 3:00 AM-5:00 PM Pacific Time, 6:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time, 11:00 PM-1:00 AM London Time
Medium: Watercolor
Level: All

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Head to the ocean this summer for a deep dive into painting seabird “portraits.” Each class will focus on one bird species. You’ll zoom in to paint the bird’s head, as well as its eggs, while also recording some fascinating facts. In addition to focusing on painting skills and techniques, artist and naturalist Jean Mackay will share information about each bird’s habits and adaptations and explore ways to record such information in fun ways. Jean will present options for what to include so that you can make the piece uniquely your own. We’ll also review layout basics and ways to develop consistent design elements for creating a series.

Jean has spent many summers searching for seabirds from the deck of the Maine State Ferry, on boat tours to the Atlantic Puffin colony on Maine’s Eastern Egg Rock and, more recently, on Iceland’s rocky cliff-sides. Despite her perennial seasickness, she has enjoyed seeing all of the birds featured in this class—and many more—but she much prefers painting when back on land.

You may register for any of these classes individually or take the entire series. 

Session 1 (Tuesday, July 16): Northern Gannet

Session 2 (Tuesday, July 30): Common Tern

Session 3 (Tuesday, August 13): Double-Crested Cormorant

Session 4 (Tuesday, August 27): Atlantic Puffin


About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here. 

Choose all four or purchase sessions individually:

All Four Sessions: Seabird Portraits in Watercolor
Session 1 - July 16: Northern Gannet
Session 2 - July 30: Common Tern
Session 3 - August 13: Double-Crested Cormorant
Session 4 - August 27: Atlantic Puffin
Sign up for all 4 at once and save $40.  If you sign up for individual sessions and then want to sign up for the rest later, please contact martha@winslowartcenter for a discount coupon code.

Jean Mackay is an artist, educator, and naturalist. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than nearly 20 years as a way to study and share the beauty and diversity of nature, as well as to record the art of everyday living. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard in upstate New York, Jean’s watercolors reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. She is the author/illustrator of The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook (2020). Jean teaches online and in-person classes and offers immersive workshops nationally and internationally. She has been an instructor with Winslow Art Center since 2020. Discover more at or on Instagram @jeanmackayart.

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