New Bird Drawing Workshops for Caloundra & Maleny

Birdy Sketches - Zoe Lawrence

Have you ever wanted to capture the character of your favourite bird in a drawing, but weren’t sure how?

Award-winning social enterprise NatureArt Lab, is excited to offer two new art courses during late April and May on Illustrating Native Birdlife. Artists will have the opportunity to learn tips and techniques for sketching birdlife from talented wildlife illustrator Zoe Lawrence.

The first is a weekend workshop on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May titled “Sketching and Understanding Birdlife” at Bellvista Meeting Place, Caloundra. This is a light-filled, lakeside venue surrounded by wetland species such as waterbirds, turtles and frogs.

Students will practise observation, field and studio sketching and focus on the unique features of our feathered friends. By the end of the workshop you can expect to have multiple sketches of your favourite backyard bird species as well as a finalised illustration of your chosen bird.

Zoe Lawrence – Magpies

The second is a longer series of four classes to be held from the 5th to 26th May at the beautiful Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, which comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest and is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which will delight with its tranquility and beauty.

Participants of Illustrating the Birdlife of Mary Cairncross” will learn about the birds of the Maleny region, as well as approaches for field sketching, understanding bird behaviour, avian natural history. Primary mediums will be graphite and coloured pencil, with exercises to build familiarity and confidence. Students will practise field and studio sketching, and create multiple sketches of favourite bird species as well as a finalised illustration capturing their chosen bird in a natural pose.

Zoe Lawrence is an established natural history illustrator and artist based on the Sunshine Coast of QLD. Zoe has a passion for illustrating all aspects of the natural world but with a particular love for bird life. While studying her Bachelor of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle she worked on many projects including animations for music videos, private commissions, logo designs and an artwork published in the Australian Geographic. Zoe now works as a freelance commission artist while working full time in the zoo industry with birds and she states”…that it is important to properly study and have a thorough understanding of a particular species to accurately portray it’s true beauty and charisma.”

Zoe looks forward to sharing this knowledge with students, encouraging both curiosity and connection with the bird world.

Azure Kingfisher – Zoe Lawrence

Details below:

Sketching and Understanding Birdlife

30th April – 9.30am to 4.30pm

1st May – 9.30am to 2.30pm

Bellvista Meeting Place, 18 Lomond Cres, Caloundra West

Bookings here:

Illustrating the Birdlife of Mary Cairncross

5 May to 26 May 2022

Thursdays 9.30am to 12.30pm

Rainforest Discovery Centre, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve., 165 Mountain View Road, Maleny

Bookings here:

About NatureArt Lab:

  • NatureArt Lab is an award-winning natural history art school with a focus on promoting sustainability, connecting people with nature through creative pursuits, advancing environmental education and advocacy.

Through unique art and photography courses and nature tours NatureArt Lab’s goal is to promote engagement with nature enabling a better understanding of the environment and the value of biodiversity. NatureArt Lab’s programs integrate science and conservation values, and are suitable for people with all levels of experience.

NatureArt Lab’s programs offer opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people and be immersed in a range of nature-inspired art courses as well as a series of specialised educational nature immersion experiences to Australian and international destinations for artists and photographers.NatureArt Lab is the ACT State Winner of the 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards for Promoting Sustainability, and is heading to Sydney in April for the National Awards. The business also won State Finalist Awards in three other categories for Building Communities, Accelerating Women and Championing Health.

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