ONLINE For the Love of Birds - Starts Tues 10th January 2023 at 2pm
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 60 days.
Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Tues 10th January 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Tues 17th January 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Tues 24th January 2pm - 3pm feedback & follow up session
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers alike. You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching this online demonstration – it is a time to watch, ask and learn - however, you are welcome to work along with Heather, if you wish.
Enjoy the magic of drawing and painting sweet songbirds in a foliate setting. Throughout the class we will go through the process of drawing Cerulean Warblers and placing them in a rustic branch setting.
Once you see the underlying structure of the bird, an exciting new world of possibilities will appear. We will observe the patterns and details of the birds while stylizing the features to create sweet expressions. A delicate watercolour technique will be demonstrated in the class that will begin to bring these birds to life. There is so much joy in these little designs and you will be able to explore ideas presented here for years to come with any birds you choose.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Drawing the birds in pencil
- Pointed pen etching
- Painting in watercolours
- Victorian line & wash technique for painting florals
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Blank practice paper or sketch book
- Mechanical pencil
- 140 lb Hot Press watercolour paper cut to 7”x7” (a second piece of watercolour paper is helpful to test techniques)
- Waterproof Brown ink such as Ziller Buffalo Brown or McCaffery Brown (Copic 0.3 Sepia Multiliner pen may be used if the ink is unavailable)
- Medium flexible pointed pen in straight holder (such as Zebra G)
- Small pointed round watercolour brushes. Heather will be using Winsor Newton Series 7 Minitaure size 1 and 2. The bristles on the brushes should be short, around 5mm in length if possible
- Small white china paint for palette
- Water dish
- Green Soft Pastel
- Metallic Watercolours
- Your favourite watercolours. You can choose any colours you like, but Heather will be using:
- Payne’s Grey
- Quinacridone Pink
- Quinacridone Gold
- Sap Green
- French Ultramarine Blue
- Burnt Sienna
- Titanium White
Links to suppliers
Scribblers Calligraphy Supplies
Jackson's Art Supplies - Finest Art Materials
All Ardington ONLINE classes and talks are accompanied by their own online blackboard. Helpful and easy to use, they enable students and tutors to share resources, ideas and photos with each other – just as you would in a classroom environment.
Heather will offer personalised critique / feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded by students during the series, and for thirty days after the follow up session. You will be sent the link to access your blackboard in the week before your class begins and will have access for at least sixty days after the class ends.
After the live session has finished on Zoom, we will share the link to view the recording on the blackboard. You can watch the recording as many times as you like for sixty days.
*The follow up session is not recorded to ensure that you have an opportunity to share your work with the rest of the class, and receive personal feedback, without feeling self-conscious about being recorded. We would encourage you all to join us live if you can – even if you were signed up as a ‘recording only’ participant for the workshop.