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The Art and Science of Illustrating Birds - June

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The Art and Science of Illustrating Birds - June
Nora Sherwood
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$240 plus $5 Materials Fee
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Workshop Overview

Birds are among the most beautiful of creatures, with an infinite variety in sizes, shapes and colors. They truly capture the artist’s imagination and inspire creativity. Beginning with the basics of standard bird anatomy, this workshop will cover various avian features, including their unique characteristics and distinguishing traits. Drawing both form and detail, we’ll compare types, coloration and adaptations that allow them to survive and flourish and consider how to create a composition that helps the viewer learn more about them. We’ll use taxidermy specimens, photographs, video and live observation and work in graphite and watercolor.

About the Instructor(s)

Nora Sherwood has a professional certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington and is a working artist on the Oregon coast. Her science illustration work is guided by Baba Dioum's famous quote: "In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught." In addition to commissioned work for scientific journals, Nora shows work in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, and teaches workshops.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Pencil set for graphite studies (whatever pencils you like to use for sketching - I typically have 3 pencils

on hand when I'm sketching - F, 2B and 4B is a useful set).

• Eraser, pencil sharpener, tortillon or stump if you like using them

• Magnifying glass 

• Clear plastic ruler 

• A sketch pad for sketches and rough drafts

• Watercolors - if you already have a set that you like, please bring it. If you don't have watercolors or

your set needs some updating, these are some colors I use a lot. These are just suggestions - please

don't feel obligated to buy these! (We won't use a lot of paint in the class, and I'd be happy to share a

dab of mine if you'd like to try one.)

-Phthalo blue

-Cadmium red

-Alizarin crimson

-Quinadrinone gold

-New gamboge

-Hansa yellow

-Sap green

-Phthalo blue

-Raw umber

-Burnt umber

-Raw sienna

-Burnt sienna

-Neutral tint

*(Note on watercolors - I've found it really benefits me to pay the extra for the good quality, professional paints, and I only use tube paints.)

• Brushes - other than a 1 1/2 inch wash brush, I exclusively use round brushes,

• ranging in size from 4 to 00. Everybody has their favorite type of brush, and mine is

• the Da Vinci Cosmotop spin... I love them and a bonus is that they're vegan! Bring

• what you have, and buy a few new ones if yours are old and crusty...

• Palette,

• Water jars (I use two)

• Paper towels

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)


• Watercolor paper

• Tracing paper

• Photographs and taxidermy specimens

• Hand outs about bird anatomy and good resources for bird illustration

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