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Adult Programs

Drawing Birds (in person)

Capture the form and personality of birds in this drawing workshop.

Content Detail

Learn the fundamentals of bird anatomy and practice tips for sketching from photos, specimens, and live birds. In this one-day drawing workshop, students will

  • practice blocking in basic body shapes and feather patterns,
  • account for species-specific anatomical indicators, and
  • learn how to capture personality in bird drawings.

The class will begin at The Morton Arboretum, where participants  will work through the fundamentals of drawing birds. Then the class will spend the afternoon indoors and outdoors, working from specimens and live birds.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum. See What to Know for information about required supplies.

Instructor: Carrie Carlson

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Age: 16 and older


Carrie Carlson, artist

Carrie Carlson earned an MFA in scientific illustration at the University of Michigan and an MA in printmaking from Governors State University. She is a full-time high school art teacher. In her free time, she loves to fill up travel sketchbooks and grow a rowdy garden.

What to Know

This program meets indoors and outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Please bring the following with you: sketchbook, graphite pencils, eraser.

While this class is suitable for all levels of artists, foundational drawing skills are highly recommended.

Program Schedule

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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