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Tip to Tail: The Art of Sketching Birds

Bird Sketch Class

December 5 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bird Sketching Course
4 Sessions / Wednesdays / Nov 7, 14, 28 & Dec 5

4:00pm to 6:00pm
Held at the VINS Nature Center
$115 General Public, $100 VINS Members
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Love birds? Love drawing and sketching? Overwhelmed by by the idea of sketching something that moves? VINS has the class for you! Join this 4-week class to develop basic knowledge of bird anatomy and hone your observation and drawing skills. Each session will be devoted to a different topic related to drawing birds including bone structure, feathers, proportions and body shapes. Class will begin with inside work but be prepared for outdoor time if weather permits. We will use photos, mounted specimens and other artifacts, and live birds as our models. Challenging? Yes, but you can do this! The amount of information will be restricted to basics. Keeping it simple is key to creating a foundational path to success.

Pre-registration required by Wednesday, October 31.

Materials
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 McDermott’s artwork at sandymcdermott.com.

Class 1 – Introduction, Warm-ups and Bones
Wednesday, November 7

Take this opportunity to study basic avian skeletal information. Participants will draw an entire skeleton, perhaps two, to gain an understanding of what lies beneath the muscle and feathers.

Class 2 – Shapes and Proportions
Wednesday, November 14

In this class we’ll compare the variety of shapes and proportions of birds and the purposes for these variations. Participants will use mounted specimens of birds as well as photos from which to draw.

Class 3 – Feathers and Scales
Wednesday, November 28

Birds have wonderful textures to sketch! Participants will this class to practice creating these textures with pencil and/or pen using VINS’ collection of artifacts.

Class 4 – Live Sketching
Wednesday, December 5

Birds are always on the move. Whether in flight or perched, some part of their body is nearly always moving. Participants will put to work the skills learned thus far. No fear! One must have a place to start their journey of bird sketching and this is it.

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

Illustration by © Sandy McDermott.