Learn to draw birds with the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and acclaimed artist, author, educator, and scientist John Muir Laws! In celebration of SFBBO's 40th anniversary, we're learning to draw 3 species SFBBO scientists have worked with extensively over the years: the Snowy Plover, Least Tern, and White-crowned Sparrow. In addition to learning about these species and how to draw them, you'll also hear about the work SFBBO has done with them and how you can help!
What you'll need: An internet connection, your favorite drawing materials (paper, pencil, etc.), and a willingness to learn. No experience required!
John (Jack) Muir Laws is a scientist, educator, and author who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. Trained as a wildlife biologist and an associate of the California Academy of Sciences, he observes the world with rigorous attention and teaches skills in observation, curiosity, and creative thinking. He is the founder of the Nature Journal Club on Facebook and the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, an annual event that gathers people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder. In partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, he is the creator of the Nature Journal Connection, a free educational video series to help people of all ages build nature journaling skills. He has also written and illustrated several books including How to Teach Nature Journaling (co-authored with Emilie Lygren, 2020), The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (2016), The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds (2012), and more. Among his many accolades, he received the 2020 Bay Nature Local Hero award for his work in environmental education.
This program is possible thanks to donors. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to SFBBO to help us make these events available to the public and engage broad audiences with birds, nature, science, and conservation. Please also consider contributing to John Muir Laws to support his work. His mission is to connect people to art, science, nature, and conservation through field journaling, and he offers these workshops for free thanks to the support of participants.