Guest post: Drawing Shorebirds with John Muir Laws

  • January 14, 2014 · 10:00 AM

John Muir (Jack) Laws is doing free sketching demonstrations at 5 different locations. This hour-and-a-half class will be repeated five times over two days throughout the Bay Area. See locations and times below. These events are free, but I strongly encourage you to put some money into Jack's donation bucket to support this work.

Tuesday January 14

Marin: Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary 10:00-11:20 AM

San Francisco Fort Scott in the Presidio (this is a new location: be sure to read the directions on Jack's website) 12:30-2:00 PM

San Mateo County Edgewood Park Education Center, 3:30-5:00 PM

Wednesday January 15

Alameda County: Oakland Museum of California, 12:00-1:30 PM

Santa Clara County McClellan Ranch: Santa Clara Valley Audubon 3:00-4:30 PM

Here's the event description on Jack's website:

The shorebird migration is on all over the Bay Area. Drawing shorebirds will train your eye to capture the subtlety and nuance of shape and the contrast of size. At high tide, shorebirds will flock together making comparison and sketching much easier. Learn the details of wader anatomy that are relevant for field sketchers and bird artists. Discover tricks to get down the shape quickly and easily, even on a bird that is moving. Learn the basic feather groups and how to imply feather detail. Discover the variation in bill shapes and how to draw them. Master tricks for drawing the long kinked necks of herons and egrets. Learn to draw legs and balance your birds.

More information

See John Muir Laws' events page 
or the Nature Journal Club facebook page,

Note that this is a Guest Post: not an official SF Sketchers meetup, but a sketching-related event that will probably be interesting to members of this group.

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  • Ann Marie C

    Great group of nature loving folks and enthusiastic observers as well as a marvelous "leader" !

    January 15, 2014

  • barbara j.


    January 15, 2014

  • lilliana

    Very disappointed... something came up that's unavoidable, so I can't make it. Sorry, but I can't figure out how to change my RSVP to No.

    January 14, 2014

  • Cheryl H.

    Once in the museum is there a room where we meet?

    January 9, 2014

    • Laurie W.

      Then meet at the sketchbooks, near the end of the exhibit, just after the room where the iPad art videos are showing.

      January 9, 2014

    • John Muir L.

      we meet in one of the classrooms that is to the right of the entrance of the natural sciences hall (no admission charge and there will be signs directing you).

      January 10, 2014

  • lilliana

    Looking forwards to the Oakland Museum meeting... would like to know where exactly to meet!

    January 9, 2014

    • Janet G.

      Hi, Good question. Main entrance is on 10th Street.

      January 9, 2014

  • barbara j.

    I'll be in Oakland.

    January 7, 2014

  • Janet G.

    Should I RSVP if I want to attend the noon session at the Oakland Museum? Richardson Bay is probably great, but it will require too much time away for my day job to allow it. Lunch hour plus or minus a few minutes at the Oakland Museum is manageable for my boss.

    January 7, 2014

    • Laurie W.

      You don't have to RSVP--it's fine to just turn up. The only reason to do the RSVP on this site is that it makes it easier to look for other SF Sketchers when you're there.

      January 7, 2014

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