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Drawing the Wonderful World of Birds in Mixed Media with Jody Graham

Birds are a constant companion to lots of us. Many have unique encounters or special relationships with them. It’s a rewarding experience to watch and listen to their beauty, behaviour and bird song as they fly about, foraging for food, nest building or calling for a mate.

The Wonderful World of Birds Workshop will teach you how to capture the awe-inspiring beauty and many expressive qualities of birds we are blessed to encounter in our daily lives. For two days the central theme throughout the workshop will be to help you understand and learn techniques to draw and paint avian qualities that intrigue and inspire you.

Learn in a fun, covid safe environment easy to follow drawing approaches designed to strengthen observation skills and develop individual expression. Demonstrations will guide students through a combination of mixed media techniques, planned to promote the creation of unique artworks about the bird’s participants admire and love.

Join in this enjoyable, exciting workshop if you want to learn how to draw birds or enhance your existing knowledge and talent.

Images: Jody Graham 'Little Queen' 2020 Charcoal on paper 140x114cm ‘Enchanted’ 2020 Charcoal and tree sap on paper 150 x 100cm. Photo Credit Graeme Wienand.

Student feedback

I took a lot away from Jody's class. She started off saying that she wanted to add more to our toolboxes, well she added much more than that, she added a whole new vocabulary of mark making

h3. Is this course right for me?

This is a masterclass for intermediate and advanced students who have either attended any of Jody's previous drawing workshops or are an experienced artist.

h3. Materials

Please bring the following materials for this workshop:

  • Artline black pen
  • Canson Mt-Teintes Paper Pad - neutral tones
  • 1 full sheets watercolour paper, 300gsm or heavier weight, smooth or medium grain
  • Small bottles of black, red, blue and yellow ink, Derivan, Art Spectrum or Liquitex 30 – 50ml
  • Chinese/ Japanese drawing brush or similar calligraphy brush, medium size
  • Art Spectrum Hake brush, suggest size 3
  • 2 sticks compressed charcoal – suggest Faber Castell pitt or Generals compressed charcoal - soft
  • A selection of coloured soft pastels – suggest Mungyo soft pastels assorted colours or similar
  • Senneliier Giant Soap Eraser
  • Paper towel, 2 x bulldog clips, masking tape, containers for ink
  • Bird refence material – good A4 images of birds you like

Optional materials

  • Fountain pen, Lamy or similar
  • Larger bottles and wider range of inks, acrylics and pastels.
  • Larger selection of good quality paper or other surfaces to draw and paint on.

Use Your NSW Discover Voucher

This class is eligible for the NSW Discover Voucher so you can save $25 on your total cost. To book with your Discover Voucher, simply use our online form in the link below or book over the phone. Please ensure you have your voucher in the form of a PDF ready when you book (this would have been emailed to you by Service NSW).

Book with your NSW Discover Voucher

This class is held in our new studios.

Our 2022 workshops will all be delivered in our new, fully airconditioned Art Est Studios in the John Street Leichhardt Precinct. We are affectionately calling it East Village Leichhardt, as it’s on the border with Annandale! Click the venue link below for details.

Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used. Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials.
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