Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happiest Place on least for me

It takes a few things to come together to host a successful field sketching class. Of course the weather must be tolerable, not pouring down rain at least. And you must have engaging subjects. But the most important aspect to me is students with a positive attitude, able to work with what subjects offer and tolerate the weather no matter how cold or hot. And yesterday it was hot and humid, and my students were troopers. The stars aligned, and I was blessed with eager and talented artists and the most engaging subjects ever at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.

We spent the first half of the class indoors drawing feathers, eggs, and mounts. The simplest of things like the eggs can be difficult but a great subject to teach you to draw what is in front of you, not what you think you see. But the best model was our live black swan that joined us for the last part of the indoor class. And once again, people that thought they couldn't draw, did beautifully after a few tips from me. But what I really enjoy about teaching here, is what I learn. Ashley, who heads the education department, was a fountain of information. I feel it's important to understand all you can about your subjects; listen to their story.

Next we headed out to the Landing Zone to mix and mingle and draw flamingos, budgies, and an assortment of birds at our feet and over our heads. 

If you ever get a chance to visit Sylvan Heights Bird Park, please do so. It will be an incredible experience you'll treasure forever. Since it is said that pictures are worth a thousand words, here's more for you, showing us working outdoors and some of the amazing residents of the park. I'll also be teaching a full day workshop at the park in the fall so stay tuned to my Facebook page for notices;

All photographs Copyright EM Corsa 2018


  1. Wonderful! I’m sure your students learned, had fun, and got a ton of information about drawing, seeing, and putting things down on paper - all the while being treated to these winged wonders :). Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, too!

    1. I hope they enjoyed themselves. It sure was hot though, and after a 3 hour drive home, I was beat!