Bird Drawing with Linda Feltner
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators - DC Chapter presents:
The Nature of Drawing Birds
A Three-Day Workshop
April 21, 22 & 23, 2017 / 9am - 4 pm
Birds catch our imagination and inspire creativity. Beginning with foundation basics, our study will encompass 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. Live birds in the classroom allow us to observe movement and balance, as well as adds freshness and inspiration to our experience. This will be an in-depth class on understanding how to draw birds.
Patuxent Research Refuge
National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708-4027
(Patuxent Research Refuge is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility, only bring what you can carry away with you!)
- Introduce bird anatomy to the artist
- Show specimens, photos and/or videos, and live birds.
- Draw and sketch to enhance research.
- Discuss physical attributes and their adaptations for characteristic ways of making a living within varied habitats.
- Discuss the physical characteristics specific to different species.
- Discuss behavior specific to species.
Recommended Materials List:
A Bag Lunch for each day
1. A Field Guide with illustrations in the front labeling body parts and feather tracks (such as The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley, or National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 5th Ed., or equivalent)
2. Optional, but recommended for the indoor classroom: A pair of binoculars (close-focusing are best)
4. Sketch Book: Larger than a postage stamp, please. 9x12” to 14x18” is good. (The larger area allows multiple sketches on a page)
5. Pencils: hard and soft
6. Manual pencil sharpener (live birds sometimes do NOT like electric noise)
8. Ruler with small, precise markings
9. Felt-tip pen (or equivalent drawing pen such as (Pigma Microns, Pitt Pens, or Staedtler Pigment Liners)
10. Small amount of tracing paper.
11. Drafting tape.
Optional: Colored pencils, watercolor pencils, or watercolors.
Three Day workshop fee is:
$325 per person
Guild of Natural Science Illustrator members will recieve a $45 discount.
Space is limited to 18 participants. Register online now:
Participant Cancellation Refund Policy
100% refund before April 7th
50% Refund before April 14th
For questions please contact: Joel Floyd, GNSI DC Chapter, President (240) 432-7496
All Images © Linda Feltner