Drawing and Painting Birds with Barry Van Dusen

Sponsored by Broadmoor
April 27, 2019 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm


Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick MA


Barry Van Dusen - Mass Audubon Artist-in-Residence






Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

This workshop will focus on birds, and the methods artists use to depict them.

We'll start with some basic drawing exercises, followed by a discussion of avian structure and anatomy - exploring ways of seeing, understanding and conveying the bird's form. Through follow-along drawing demos, Barry will show you how to create a bird drawing using simple shapes, and he'll offer specific tips for drawing bird's heads, bills, wings, tails, legs, feet and more. Barry will also describe his field methods, showing how he explores birdlife through the use of a field sketchbook, and how he uses optics to work from live birds in the field.

Next we'll move into tone and color, reviewing watercolor basics and seeing how a sequence of watercolor washes can be used to create lifelike bird portraits. Barry will finish with a look at some of his own bird paintings, discussing how he uses various artistic approaches to projects ranging from watercolors done in the field, exhibition watercolors produced in the studio, and book illustrations for publication.

This workshop is aimed at intermediate students with some painting experience (all skill levels are welcome). A detailed list of materials will be sent to each participant with the registration confirmation.

Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended.

Barry W. Van Dusen is an internationally recognized wildlife artist. His articles and paintings have been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest, Birding, and Yankee magazines and he has illustrated a variety of natural history books and pocket guides in association with the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Barry is a full member of London's Society of Wildlife Artists. His work has been exhibited regularly in the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition, as well as in many galleries in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Artists for Nature Foundation, Barry has traveled to Spain, Ireland, England, Israel, India and Peru, working alongside other wildlife artists to raise money for conservation of threatened habitats.

Instructions and Directions:

See link in registration confirmation email for a materials list.

Please remember to bring a lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available for your use.

Registration is required.
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