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Tip to Tail: The Art of Sketching Birds

Bird Sketch Class

August 21, 2021 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

2 Sessions / Saturdays / August 21 & 28

9 AM – 3:30 PM
Held at the VINS Nature Center
$135 General Public, $120 VINS Members

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Love birds? Love drawing and sketching? Overwhelmed by the idea of sketching something that is always on the move, like birds? No fear, VINS has the class for you.

Join this 2-day workshop to develop basic knowledge of bird anatomy and hone your observation and drawing skills. Bone structure, feathers, proportions and body shapes will be presented for discussion, observation and drawing. We will use photos, mounted specimens, bird artifacts and live birds as our models. The workshop is designed to spend most of our time for focused learning and discussion but be prepared to practice drawing live birds outside too.

Challenging? Yes, but you can do this! One must have a place to start their journey of bird sketching and this is it.

Bring your current sketchpad (newsprint pads not recommended), drawing pencils, a white eraser (General’s Tri-Tip eraser recommended) and a kneaded eraser. Drawing pens are welcome as well as any tool you enjoy sketching with. Drawing/sketching experience not necessary.

Instructor – Sandy McDermott
Sandy McDermott has been illustrating natural history since 1992. Projects include books, magazines, t-shirts, trail signs, brochures and murals, both private and public. In addition, she’s taught many workshops and field trips in the art of field sketching, basic drawing, painting and color theory. Sandy is a recent graduate of the Birder’s Certificate Program through MA Audubon which has helped inform her art as well as her teaching.

Learn more about Sandy’s artwork at sandymcdermott.com.

COVID Safety Measures:

  • Masks are required for all participants, regardless of vaccination status, during the indoor portion of this workshop.
  • Participants will be spaced 6ft apart as much as possible during the indoor portion of this workshop.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who has possible exposure to COVID-19 may not participate.

For more information, contact us at 802.359.5000 x245 or sstrew@vinsweb.org.

Illustration by © Sandy McDermott.