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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Birds and Soft Pastels

Timothy Joe plein air art demonstration with soft pastels

December 4, 2020 , 5:30 pm 6:30 pm


Pre-registration is required by 3 p.m. CST Thursday, December 3rd, and space is limited.

UPDATE: Registration is now closed. Check out our other upcoming events here.

*We understand there are economic barriers that many are facing during this time. If you live in Alabama and need financial assistance, please email us.*

Soft pastel demonstration by Timothy Joe

Join Timothy Joe of the Joe Farm as he teaches techniques on how to paint birds in a loose painting style using soft pastels in this new online three-week course. It is not about detail but expression. 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. 

The schedule:

– December 4th: Learn about the instructor and the objective of this course. Discuss what you want to get from the course, proper materials and surfaces for pastels, and useful tools (value scale, color wheel, and view finder).
– December 11th: What does it mean to paint “loose”? We’ll also learn about mark making, layering pastels, and blending.
– December 18th: Painting demonstration and Q&A

The supplies: All participants are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies. It can really be whatever you want, but the instructor suggests the following:
– Assortment of soft pastels (he recommends Sennelier 80 assorted half pastels and to get half sticks as you get more colors for your money). Check Dakota Pastels, Blicks Art Supplies, or Amazon.
– Surface: Ampersand pastel board gray color
– Vine charcoal
– Paper stump for blending
– Spray fixative (optional)

Soft pastel materials suggestion from Timothy Joe

Where and when do we meet? This online course will meet on three consecutive Fridays (12/4, 12/11, 12/18) from 5:30–6:30 p.m. CST.

Cost: Your one-time registration fee of $30 covers all three meetings.* (While you are not required to attend each class, do note that we cannot refund individuals for partial attendance.)

Registration: Class size is limited to 12 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. You’ll receive an automated email upon registering.

Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom webinar instructions before the first class (once registration closes). You’ll need the link or webinar 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 webinar ID and password. 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 webinar without this information. Thanks!

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! 

Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director.


I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the online event as that is where the instructions will be sent (once registration closes). You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event so that we have time to address your issue as generally you should have received the email right after registration closes.

The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the webinar 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 half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin, for instance. You can also check to make sure your computer meets the system requirements by clicking here.

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

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