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Art Class: All About Birds

This ongoing art class is for students who love birds! We'll draw different species of birds and their habitats plus birdhouses, feeders, baths and intricate details of their feathers and anatomy--basically anything about birds!
Susan Garrison
64 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 19 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Wed Aug 17

Meets Once per week
5pm - 5:55pm
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Class Experience

Students will learn about the anatomy of a bird as we draw and focus on specific parts as well as some interesting facts about a variety of birds as well as identifying features as they learn how to draw specific birds.  They will also learn drawing, shading and textural techniques in drawing and painting mediums and how to create a balanced composition while keeping the bird at the focal point.
No homework will be assigned; however, your child may need a few minutes after our class to complete the coloring step of our drawing, and may be excited to continue practicing bird drawings or even a bird sighting journal independently for fun.
Most of our classes will be drawing lessons in which we begin with a pencil and then add color as time allows. I've also listed some painting materials because we will occasionally be painting. DRAWING SUPPLIES pencil eraser sharpener paper (sketchbook or drawing paper) coloring tools (crayons, colored pencils or twistables) Tip: Markers can give bold color but are not well-suited for blending and shading possibilities Optional: Your child may become interested in spotting different species of birds and recording their spottings in a journal but this is not required. PAINTING SUPPLIES for OCCASIONAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING: pencil, eraser, sharpener 9" x 12" Watercolor Paper (or similar size) A set of Watercolor Paints (just a simple set of 12 or 24 colors A few Watercolor Paint Brushes in different sizes Water in an open cup, can or jar Paper Towels Oil Pastels in a variety of colors (be sure they are not the type that can be blended with water--it would say it on the package if it is) Optional Substitution: (If your child does not already have a set of oil pastels, crayons could be used instead.) SUPPLY LIST for OCCASIONAL ACRYLIC PAINTING: ONE 8"x10" White ACRYLIC PAINT SURFACE (See Several Options Below): Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panel/Board, or Acrylic Canvas Paper (What are the differences? . . . Stretched Canvas has primed (coated white) canvas stretched over a wooden frame & stapled to the wood. Canvas Panel/Board feels more solid like the canvas is mounted/glued to a stiff cardboard. Acrylic Canvas Paper is thick, coated paper that is flexible but won't warp and tear as easily as other papers and comes in a pad of multiple sheets.) ACRYLIC PAINTS: (not tempera, not watercolor, not oil) I suggest as least 1 ounce of several different colors including Blue, Red, Yellow, White & Black plus also Green, Orange, Purple & Brown although your child may not choose to use all of the colors. (Thicker acrylic paint in tubes are the best consistency for our painting techniques. If possible, try to avoid using the thinner acrylics in plastic bottles that sound watery when shaken.) PAPER PLATE to use as a paint palette. (Optional to use a plastic paint palette instead or even a disposable pie tin) ACRYLIC PAINT BRUSHES in a variety of sizes. Include a couple of medium size ROUGH Flat Brushes (looks like a square on the tip but bristles are rough and a little prickly to the touch. Also include a couple of very small SMOOTH Acrylic Brushes (1 very small Round brush like a pencil tip shape and 1 slender Flat Square Shape) Please avoid brushes that are flimsy and bend when put under a stream of water. (Those are watercolor brushes instead of acrylic brushes.) WATER in a metal can, plastic cup or glass jar. PAPER TOWELS
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There will be no formal assessment; however, we will take the time to hold up our drawings and celebrate and encourage each other's progress several times throughout the drawing process and again at the end of class.  I'll watch for opportunities to give more guidance or tips throughout the lesson.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I may use "The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher" or other bird identifying sources as a resource for factual information about birds, however, there is no required book for your child during our classes.  


Susan Garrison
Lives in the United States
Professional Artist and Teacher
64 total reviews
77 completed classes

About Me

Hi, I'm Susan Garrison, a professional artist who also loves teaching kids!  I've been drawing & painting all my life and teaching children for the past 3 decades.  After earning my BS Degree in Art Education K-12 from Middle Tennessee State... 
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