Jean Mackay - The Art of the Bird: Eggs, Nests and Feathers (Online); Tuesdays, January 12-February 2, 2021

Date: Tuesdays, January 12-February 2, 2021 (4-week course)
Time: 3:00-5:00PM PDT
Level: All (some drawing experience helpful)
Medium: Pencil, Ink, Watercolor

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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

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.

This class will focus on the beauty that birds create in the form of eggs, feathers, and nests. The variety of shapes, patterns, and colors provide endless artistic possibilities. We’ll use a variety of media, including pencil, ink, and watercolor to capture eggs, feathers, and nests. Each class will include background natural history to help inform your artwork, demonstrations of various techniques, and practice lessons. Optional weekly assignments will help you practice and build your skills.

Jean Mackay is an artist, educator, and naturalist. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than nearly 20 years 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, Jean’s journals reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. Jean teaches at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine and at the Art School of Columbia County in New York. Her blog, Drawn In, shares the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield.

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