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June 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bird Journals: Getting that Shape, Angle, and Pose! with Jude Siegel

Join Jude to learn how to see differently and how to drop unrealistic artistic expectations of yourself. Start or continue your bird journal. No art or birding experience is needed! For joy, not mastery! Keeping a bird journal is fun, easy, portable, and a creative, relaxing way to record your experiences with birds.

In this class, you will learn to observe more skillfully and translate it into your journal. We’ll focus on simplifying and drawing exactly what is needed to represent the birds you see. Then you’ll add some watercolor to liven up your page. We’ll focus on ways to simplify markings, capture the pose, and note the most important details. Jude will share penwork and watercolor hints.

We will explore excellent tools for recording your bird experiences, both at home and in the field. Each class focuses on a specific aspect of journaling and reviews the basics. Relaxation is encouraged, and your unique style will be celebrated. Please take as many classes as you wish in the series. Using simple exercises that build attention, relaxation and observation, learn to see what is really there, and then draw the birds.
We will also use some watercolor, again, with simple direction. Get over the fear, and discover that you can do birds!

$55 – $75
A bird journal painting of a Green Heron with pink and purple flowers.
Green Heron journal page, by Jude Siegel

Learn to bird journal!

In this class, you'll learn to simplify and draw exactly what is needed to represent the birds you see.


In-Person Class Details

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

  • Where: This class will be held downstairs in the Bat Roost at Bird Alliance of Oregon, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210 unless otherwise noted.
  • When: Saturday, June 1, 2024, 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) with questions. 
  • Bring lunch, snacks, and a water bottle.
  • Classes are limited to 10 participants.


June 1
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