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Guest post: Drawing Shorebirds with John Muir Laws

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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.