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The Basics of Bird Journaling: Learning to Observe

Practice noticing, and discover how to see shapes, postures, proportions, and angles more easily, and then draw those birds in your journal more effectively. Add a little watercolor to your page, and some writing, and you have a wonderful journal page.

No art experience is needed! Relaxation and awareness help you learn new ways of seeing, and then of drawing and using watercolor simply. For joy, not mastery! Keeping a bird journal is fun, easy, portable, and a creative relaxing way to record your experiences with birds, at home, or anywhere in the field in a more creative than “perfection” style. Each class has a different focus, and each class reviews some basics.

Jude is a teacher, artist, and naturalist who loves nature journaling, and has invited and inspired many people to begin and continue this joyful creative process.

Register for each class separately.

Space is limited to 10 participants per session.

*This is an in-person class to be held indoors at Bird Alliance of Oregon. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of class and masks are required.

Three Burrowing Owls, sketched and painted.
Burrowing Owls journal page, by Jude Siegel

Register for Bird Journals with Jude Siegel!

You'll learn some tricks of drawing to use in the field. Then you'll learn to develop full journal pages by using your paints to add color and other approaches to your sketches.


Class Details

  • Fee: $55 members / $75 non-members per session

  • Where: Classes will be held inside Heron Hall at Bird Alliance of Oregon, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210
  • When: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Supply List: Please bring supplies in a pack you can carry easily. Read carefully before you go to the store and contact Jude (colorfuljude@gmail.com or 503-977-1439) with questions. 
  • Bring lunch, snacks, and a water bottle.
  • Classes are limited to 10 participants.


June 25, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Bird Alliance of Oregon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
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$55 – $75


Erin Law