Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

How to Draw Birds (3 part online workshop)

May 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Thursday, happening 3 times

I have partnered with the Richardson Bay Audubon Society to offer you a three-class series covering the fundamentals of drawing birds.

Nature journaling and bird drawing offer a fresh new way to experience birds and familiar scenes around you. No prior experience drawing is required! All you need is internet access, a writing implement, some paper, and the desire to learn.

Classes will take place over Zoom Webinars on Thursdays at 9 AM – 11 AM (PT) on the following dates. You will also have access to class recordings to replay at any time. If you are signing up from a country outside the USA, just pick a random state in the registration process and do not sign up for the newsletter. If you do you will get the Audubon Society newsletter for that state.

Click here to register now for “Bird Drawing Classes with John Muir Laws”

May 14th – How to Draw Garden Birds:  Learn how to capture the form and feeling of sparrows, warblers, and other common songbirds with fast and efficient lines. Learn key anatomical details to help you draw them accurately in the field or in the studio. Here is the recording of that class.

  • Download the bird model handout for the first class. Cut out the bird model at the top (head and body) and bring them to class. You do not need to cut close to the tail and feet.

May 21st – How to Draw Shorebirds and Waterfowl: Learn the key foundation lines for drawing waterfowl and wading birds. Draw ducks in and out of the water and learn tricks to show the shape of long legs and necks on herons, egrets, and shorebirds. We will also study the way that feather groups overlap to simplify the plumage. Here is the recording of that class.

May 28th – How to Draw Raptors: Learn to draw hawks, eagles, and owls. In this workshop, we will explore how to sketch perched raptors and learn to draw the birds from the front, side, and 3/4 view.

These classes are available to you free of charge. If you have the ability to make a donation to John Muir Laws or Audubon California, we greatly appreciate any gifts. We hope to see you in class!


May 28, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Categories:


Richardson Bay Audubon
(415) 388-2524
View Organizer Website


CA United States + Google Map

39 thoughts on “How to Draw Birds (3 part online workshop)

  1. Michelle says:

    Hi. We loved your workshops. Thank you so much for it.
    My 8 year old daughter loves swans❤️
    She got sensory processing disorder and gets really overwhelmed after screen time so we usually limit to 30 min a day if any. She was very brave at the first workshop and lasted whole but unfortunately was melt downing after so we decided to shorten the time of the other as thought there will be a recording, please will it be a recording?
    I can’t believe we missed her favourite birds?
    Please please please? Will there be a recording from it?

  2. Laurie Matthews says:

    I loved the first 2 classes. I went to the drawbirds2020 site but couldn’t find a way to post my drawings. Not the most computer literate. Maybe I missed the place to post. Thank you for the classes!

    • John Muir Laws says:

      I think they have folks uploading to any sharing service using the hashtag. You could use Instagram, Facebook, or another service.

  3. Diane Anthony says:

    Thank you so much for these on line classes. I had been looking forward to some of your in person workshops – one more disappointment of these times. BUT, your zoom classes have been so informative, easy to follow and thoroughly enjoyable. I have been painting for years, but never liked my bird paintings. Already I see a big difference in how I understand and how I draw birds. I especially like your bird skeleton explanation – and walking on your toes! Looking forward to raptors.

  4. Lucia Blakeslee says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first class. I used the Birdpixels website for some photos, but I could not get on the Seeingbirds.com website. Has it been taken down?


  5. Megan Leibovici says:

    I missed the live lesson and want to see a recording if there is one? (I lost track of time, it was 19:00 here and I saw about 10 minutes and then something came up that needed my immediate attention).

  6. Lorna says:

    This class was outstanding. I did the class with my 10 year old granddaughter who is A budding and confident drawer. I was not so confident. I haven’t drawn much of anything for years but I’m pleased with my first effort. It definitely looks like a warbler. I’m excited for next weeks class. Thank you so much for sharing your talents. Being out in and observing the natural world is so healing and meditative. I feel inspired.

  7. Michell Follett says:

    Thank you for offering these lessons. I’ve missed the first lesson, just signed up on 5/15 for the 2nd and 3rd. Is there a way for me to access the first lesson from 5/14?

  8. Carlyn Albers says:

    Looking forward to it … it will be my first class other than those I’ve watched from the blog archives. Do I need to register?!

    Thank you for sharing your heart and your knowledge!!

  9. Claudia White says:

    I loved the class today! I’m pretty much a beginner so it would be helpful to see it again. I saw somewhere it would be recorded and would love to access it in a format that I can see over and over the areas that are a challenge. Is this possible?

  10. Andrea says:

    I attended today’s class, which was terrific. Where is the video to review it again going to be posted (along with the notes). Also I went to seeingbirds.com to look for photos for the homework, but the website didnt exist. Did I write that down incorrectly? Thanks again…looking forward to the next two!

  11. Susan Pasquini says:

    Thank you so much for offering this class! You gave us so much more information about birds themselves than I would have expected, but I now feel a little more armed with the knowledge and strategies I need to draw a passable bird.

  12. Sandra Miller Brim says:

    Amazing class. Thank you. What happens if I can’t attend as I have a doctor appt. Really want to attend. Thanks again.

  13. Sara Orem says:

    I love to see drawings and paintings of birds. I have just started to draw and am really excited about this class!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *