NEW! Art Workshop Series
Let your imagination take flight!
We’re delighted to announce a brand-new series of Bird Art Workshops taught by Fine Artist and Science Illustrator Charlotte Holden. While still a student, Charlotte led Bedford Audubon first Paint Nights, and we’re very excited she will be back to share her expertise in our trilogy of upcoming workshops. Please note there is a fee for each workshop; this fee will help offset our cost of this series and includes all art supplies and materials. There is a discount if you register for all three workshops at the same time. Click here to register online using a credit card. To pay by check, please email Susan. Details follow:
Workshop #1: Basics of Drawing Birds
This class will focus on the drawing of birds, from finding basic shapes to defining accurate anatomy and building value through shading. Participants will work from provided photographs of birds to learn the stages of creating a representational drawing. The class will also cover the basics of bird anatomy, specifically as it applies to the drawing process, including simple skeletal structure, feather groups and proportions. Come draw some birds with us and learn a little bit about them in the process!
Saturday, January 20*, 10:00-11:00am. Cost: $40.00 (includes all art supplies/materials). Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Class size is limited to eight students. *Snow/weather Date: Sunday, January 21
Workshop #2: Basics of Watercolor
Learn watercolor techniques and how to begin your very own watercolor painting. Participants will work from provided photos of birds beginning with a drawing and continuing to watercolors. The class will begin with a brief watercolor tutorial then participants will have time to draw their subject and explore a new medium at their own pace with opportunities for feedback. A great way to spend a Saturday morning in a relaxed environment studying birds!
Saturday, February 24*, 10:00am-12:00pm. Cost: $40.00 (includes all art supplies/materials). Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Class size is limited to eight students. *Snow/weather Date: Sunday, February 25
Workshop #3: Birds in Watercolor
This workshop will dive into more advanced watercolor, touching on color theory and how it applies to birds. Participants will create a drawing from provided photographs then transfer their drawings to watercolor paper for a more finished painting. We will learn about how birds get their beautiful colors and how that applies to painting them. A great way to practice drawing, expand your painting skills and learn about the beautiful colors of birds!
Saturday, March 23*, 10:00am-12:00pm. Cost: $40.00 (includes all art supplies/materials). Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Class size is limited to eight students. *Snow/weather Date: Sunday, March 25
Registration Fee: $40.00 per workshop; $100 for all three workshops. Click here to register online using a credit card. To pay by check, please email Susan. Because the class size is limited to only eight people, your spot is not confirmed until payment is received.
Header Art: Charlotte Holden
About Charlotte Holden
Charlotte is a detail-oriented illustrator with a deep interest in the sciences. Nearly twenty years of dance training inspired Charlotte’s passion for anatomy and how internal structure informs superfi-cial shape and function. She loves to research and truly understand the inner workings of the sub-jects of her drawings. Charlotte attended Rhode Island School of Design where she earned her BFA in illustration in 2018. Through her coursework at RISD and position as a teaching assistant in a medical illustration course at Brown University’s Alpert Warren Medical School, Charlotte discovered how to combine her love of art and science in science illustration. Charlotte has worked with institutions, companies and individuals across multiple areas of science illustration. Her pro-jects include work with researchers in entomological illustration at the American Museum of Natu-ral History, botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and as a medical illustrator for Buoy Health. Charlotte recently completed the year long Bartels Science Illustrator residency at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. During her time at the lab, Charlotte worked directly with the editorial team to create illustrations for Living Bird Magazine and has contributed to textbook and academic figures, membership gifts and Bird Academy materials. As part of her residency, she worked as a teaching assistant for the Art and Science of Birds Course at Cornell and led tutorials and work-shops for students as well as Ornithology Lab members and visitors. Explore Charlotte’s work on her website including her work for the lab on the Bartels 2022 page under Projects. Through her work, Charlotte hopes to inspire discovery and curiosity in the hopes of creating a larger communi-ty with whom she can share a mission to protect and defend our world and all the life that inhabits it. Specifically, Charlotte tries to focus on the importance of native plants and how they support our local ecosystems, including all of the birds she loves. When not in her studio, you can find Char-lotte outside working in her pollinator garden.