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16 - 17 November 2024, Illustrating Birds with Zoe Lawrence

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Learn all about the technique and process of sketching birdlife, capturing life and charism within your avian art!

Dates: 16 - 17 November 2024

Times: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Address: Queensland Museum, Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, South Brisbane, Queensland

About the Workshop

Not sure where to begin with how to capture your favourite backyard birds within your art? This course will cover the basics of field sketching birds, understanding bird behavior, avian natural history, and capturing the iconic features of our feathered friends. You will be given the tools and confidence to bring life and charisma into your avian artworks.

Students will practice field sketching, as well as studio sketching and focus on particular avian features such as feathers, beak/feet texture, and anatomy.

By the end of the class students can expect to have multiple studies of birds and avian anatomical features, and sketches done in the field from observing real birds. Students will have an understanding of the research and study associated with accurately capturing birds through art.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of materials and equipment used with field sketching and documenting species.
  • Knowledge of pencil rendering techniques.
  • An understanding of bird anatomy and how to illustrate various textures/features found on birds - feathers, beak and feet.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to approach and develop a finalised illustration of a bird species with accuracy of species behaviour and habitat.
  • Knowledge of the importance of studying and understanding a species in order to capture it’s charism through artwork

Level of experience: Suitable for students from beginners to intermediate who wish to develop their skills of accurately studying, documenting and depicting bird species. Some experience with graphite drawing suggested. 

Materials List:  A materials list of what to bring will be provided upon booking the course. Please keep an eye out for our email in your JUNK or SPAM folders for this email.

About the Tutor: Zoe Lawrence is an established natural history illustrator and artist based in North QLD. She works with a range of medium from pencil, coloured pencil, watercolour, acrylic and digital illustration.

Zoe has a passion for illustrating all aspects of the natural world but with a particular love for bird life. Throughout her years studying Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle she has worked on many projects; animations for music videos, private commissions, logo designs and being published in Australian Geographic. After graduating she now works as a freelance commission artist while working fulltime in the zoo industry with birds.

Currently working with birds, Zoe gets to experience their behaviour and personalities on a daily basis. She believes that it is important to properly study and have a thorough understanding of a particular species to accurately portray it’s true beauty and charism within artworks.  She hopes to pass on this knowledge and skillset to students, therefore encouraging a passion and love for our wildlife. 

Image credit: Illustrations by Zoe Lawrence

Discount Policy: Students may be eligible for Seniors Discount and/or Member Discounts on checkout.  If you are unsure about eligibility or how to claim this discount, please email

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