NatureArt Lab

Studio and Field (Sunshine Coast): SKETCHING AND UNDERSTANDING BIRDLIFE: 24 September 2022

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

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 behaviour, avian natural history, and capturing the iconic features of our feathered friends. You will be given the tools and confidence to bring life and charism 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.

Date: 24 September 2022
Days/Times: Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm
Location: Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, 33 Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha

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.

Field Trip:

This modern venue is within the botanical gardens, ideal for field sketching, with no travel required. No extra materials required for this field component, clothing choice should take into consideration spending a few hours outside, i.e. comfortable footwear, hat and raincoat. 

Level of workshop

Suitable for students from beginners to intermediate who wish to develop their skills of accurately studying, documenting and depicting bird species. 

About the Tutor

Zoe Lawrence is an established natural history illustrator and artist based in the Sunshine Coast of 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. 

A materials list will be provided prior to the start of the class.

Refund Policy: Any changes or cancellations made by NatureArt Lab for any reason are 100% refunded or credited (for use on another course). Any cancellations made by the purchaser are refunded (or held in credit) for the total amount LESS a $60 administrative processing fee. Special consideration for waiving the $60 fee for compassionate/ extraordinary circumstances can be granted by NatureArt Lab by writing to

COVID-19 Policy: Students on NatureArt Lab studio courses or workshops are required to comply with all stated COVID-19 requirements specified at the time of booking. This includes use of sanitiser on entry and during the course/workshop and maintaining social distancing. Any additional COVID-19 related restrictions and/or requirements will be conveyed by email prior to the course/workshop. This policy will be reviewed and amended as QLD Government policy is changed and these changes will also be conveyed to students prior to commencement.

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

Image credit: Illustrations by Zoe Lawrence