Course Description

RISD CE course: The Artful Bird: Ornithological Illustration

We are charmed by the sheer beauty and grace of birds. Capturing these elusive and fascinating creatures on paper through illustration may be the next best thing to holding one on your finger for close study. Bird lovers and artists alike are invited to learn techniques crucial to accurately rendering these complex creatures. Special attention is given to the challenge of achieving lifelike effects while referencing taxidermied birds from the Nature Lab, photographed by staff using three-dimensional imagery, focusing on anatomy, function and appearance. Students in this studio course prepare preliminary drawings in pencil, working with line and tone, then transfer these to paper for color rendering.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $475.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 02, 2024 to Jun 12, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store.

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