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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Birds and Nature Journaling

Timothy Joe en plein air art demonstration at the Joe Farm at our 2019 Hale County Black Belt Birding Tour

June 19, 2020 , 5:30 pm 6:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 3 p.m. CDT Thursday, June 18th, and space is limited.

UPDATE: This course is now full. Check out our other upcoming online courses here.

In response to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering free online courses as a public service to help folks continue to learn about the birds they love and the natural world. While these will initially be offered for free, please support our work if you are able and make a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/give. Please make sure to comply with all state and local social-distancing regulations. See our full COVID-19 statement here.

Join Timothy Joe of the Joe Farm as he teaches techniques on how to paint what inspires us in nature into a journal in the inaugural offering of this online four-week course. Timothy is a self-taught artist and instructor whose art reflects his deep roots in the Alabama Black Belt region. His art is fueled by the sense of need to preserve rural landscape and scenery, including bird life.

Where and when do we meet? This online course will meet on four consecutive Fridays, skipping the Fourth of July holiday (6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17) from 5:30–6:00 p.m. CDT. It will be a thirty-minute course with time at the end for questions. Click on the registration link above to sign up, and you’ll receive the instructions on how to join the meeting via a confirmation email.*

*Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom meeting instructions before the class (likely within the week before). You’ll need the meeting ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the meeting ID and password.

The schedule:

June 19th: Learn about the instructor and the objective of this course. Discuss what you want to get from the course, proper materials, and useful tools (value scale, color wheel, and view finder).
– June 26th: Explore how reading values, color theory, and composition will help you paint what you see in nature. Also, learn about color mixing and what to do when the birds won’t hold still.
– July 10th: Watch and paint along to an Eastern bluebird demonstration. There will also be a homework assignment this week to paint your favorite bird from nature or a photo reference.
– July 17th: Present your art with helpful advice from the instructor.

The supplies: All participants are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies. It can really be whatever you want, but the instructor suggests things like a sketch journal, watercolor tin set, watercolor brushes, and pencils and erasers (see photos below for example).

Registration: Class size is limited to 10 to allow for adequate sharing. To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form.

Please only register if you intend to take the online course. We’ve had a lot of people reach out after these offerings fill up who want to take them, and we want to ensure everyone has a spot that wants one! Also, please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the meeting without this information. Thanks!

Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director.


Will this be recorded, and will I have the ability to view the presentation later? Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to record our online offerings. Please check out our other upcoming online courses here.

Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online offerings at this time. 

The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the meeting ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting, say, half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin.

I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the course as that is where the instructions will be sent. You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. If you did not receive the email by the morning of the first meeting, please email the Outreach & Communications Director.