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El Charco del Ingenio, in Collaboration with Denver Botanical Gardens, Offers a Bird Illustration Course.

By Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Thanks to the collaboration between El Charco and the Denver Botanic Gardens, the talented artist, Randall Raak, will offer a class this coming December. The Botanical Garden is a paradise for observing birds but drawing them can be a challenge. This class will cover the basics of bird illustration using graphite on paper. Students will learn the fundamental tools for drawing exact representations of birds at rest and in flight as well as learning to draw quickly in a field study environment. Direct observation is essential for capturing a dynamic feeling as opposed to using a static image from a reference photo.

Bird Ilustration Course
Mon, Dec 3-Fri, Dec 7, 10am-3pm
El Charco del Ingenio
154- 4715
2,500 pesos general; 2,000 pesos members

Drawing from several reference photos will also be done to familiarize the students with the anatomy of birds. At the end of the five days, the students will produce a finished work. It might represent anything from a falcon in flight to a photo-like representation of a favorite songbird.

Randall Raak has been interested in the natural sciences since childhood. He was inspired to develop his artistic talents by the lakes, rivers and forests of Minnesota where he grew up. For most of his life, Randy has been a commercial artist and sculptor. He recently completed an Illustration Certificate.

Please reserve by October 30th to hold your place in the class. For more information and to register:

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