Drawing from Nature with Michael DiGiorgio


Explore the natural beauty of birds and wildlife in the Connecticut River Valley. Learn to capture birds and other creature’s gestures with quick sketches and develop a drawing aesthetic with an emphasis on composition. Students will learn how to note the primary characteristics of their subjects and how to sketch their fast-moving behaviors in the field. This class will focus primarily on drawing birds, but will touch on other local wildlife and natural subjects.

The first sessions will be held indoors, so that students will have the opportunity to study the anatomy and details of our subjects. The later classes will involve working in the field at natural areas nearby. Students will leave the class with the skills and knowledge to draw their chosen subjects directly from life, and eventually to use those drawings for reference in their studio work.



  • A range of drawing pencils from B to 8B
  • A mixed media sketchbook about 9” x 12”
  • Transparent Watercolor pan set with at least 12 colors
  • an assortment of good quality brushes (#3,5,6 rounds)