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THE AVIARY: A YEAR LONG BIRD PAINTING ADVENTURE

Grow from beginner to bird nerd as you learn how to capture the playfulness and personality of birds with paint!

 

Birds are a bright and beautiful subject, just begging to be captured on the pages of your sketchbook! But there’s a lot of variation in the bird world, and maybe you just don't know where to begin?

Maybe you've already decided that you can't paint birds, because you can't even draw a bird... and all of those fluffy feathers (not to mention the feet!) would be far too complicated to paint?

You might have even had a go at a bird painting, but found that your bird looked a bit flat and lifeless, and you just couldn't quite capture it's quirky character and bring it to life on the page?

 

I get it. I've been there! It took me over 10 years of patience, persistence, trial and error, to find my bird painting wings. I spent a fortune experimenting with art supplies, and wasted a lot of paint and paper along the way!

After many requests, (and a lot of inner resistance due to the size of this undertaking).. I decided to create the exact course I wish had existed years ago! It's been over a year in the making so far.. but now, The Aviary is here and I'm so excited to open up this world of bird painting to you!

INTRODUCING: THE AVIARY

The Aviary has been designed to take all bird lovers and bird-learners, on a year long journey through the bird painting world, beginning with the basics! Right now, inside The Aviary is a class called Flying Lessons. Flying Lessons is the ultimate guide to bird painting for beginners. It’s like a foundation module, a launching platform. It covers everything from finding inspiration, understanding bird anatomy (in a non-sciency way), to drawing birds, colour mixing and painting techniques. At the end of Flying Lessons, I guide you step by step through your first bird painting from start to finish! From there, once a month for the entire year of 2020, a new bird painting class will land in The Aviary! Each new class will focus on a specific type of bird, and we’re going to get up close to some of the most cute and colourful birds in the world!


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ABOUT: FLYING LESSONS

Flying Lessons is all about the basics. We’re going to go right back to the beginning of the bird painting process..

You will learn how to:

✔︎ Find inspiration and reference images.

✔︎ Observe, ‘see’ and simplify your subject.

✔︎ Recognise the basic shapes that make up the anatomy of a bird.

✔︎ Arrange shapes, angles and lines in the form of a bird.

✔︎ Select the right combination of art supplies to use for bird painting success.

✔︎ Mix those pretty plumage colours intuitively from the three primary colours.

✔︎ Get the most from a single paintbrush, and painting techniques specific to bird painting, like wet-on-wet technique, painting in layers with gouache, blending, fluff feathers and more..

✔︎ Paint a bird from start to finish, with step-by-step guidance!

Flying Lessons is designed to be sort of like a launching platform, to give you a good foundation for the rest of your bird painting adventures. This will allow you to build your bird painting confidence gradually before we move into more advanced techniques.

FLYING LESSONS INCLUDES:


✔︎ Content that increases in difficulty gradually, flowing seamlessly from one module to the next.

✔︎ High quality, concisely edited video lessons.

✔︎ Detailed explanations of every key brushstroke or technique

✔︎ LOTS of Bonus Cheat Sheets, Practice Sheets & Templates

✔︎ 3 Step Bird Drawing Printable Guide

✔︎ Clickable Supply List PDF

✔︎ Lifetime Access To Course Content - Learn At Your Own Pace!

✔︎ Student Gallery To Share Your Progress

✔︎ Private class Facebook "flock" for support and community

✔︎ Help & Support


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ABOUT: INDIVIDUAL BIRD CLASSES

Every month in 2020 a brand new bird class will land in The Aviary Classroom, right below Flying Lessons. Plus, if you act quickly and join The Aviary as a Foundation Member, you'll get instant access to TWO BONUS bird classes, one for November and one for December!

Each individual bird class is designed to build on skills learnt in Flying Lessons, and every bird has a new skill/technique and colour palette to learn.

You will learn how to:

✔︎ Capture the likeness of a bird while injecting a little playfulness and personality

✔︎ Develop your own unique style, without the pressure of having to make a bird anatomically accurate, or ‘perfect’ in any way.

✔︎ Use colour temperature, and value to bring a bird to life on your page.

✔︎ Work intuitively with paint on your palette, mixing subtle colour variations.

✔︎ Paint in layers with gouache, using techniques like blending and dry brush technique to paint feathers.


EACH BIRD CLASS INCLUDES:

✔︎ Outline templates to use if you aren't confident with drawing yet.

✔︎ Inspiration and a link to a collection of reference images.

✔︎ A printable fact sheet about each bird, including the finished bird and colour palette I used.

✔︎ A colour mixing lesson specific to each bird.

✔︎ A speed painting video to get an overview of the class progression.

✔︎ Step by step videos, broken into three main sections

✔︎ Clear, concise videos.

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Course Curriculum


  Welcome To The Classroom
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  Introduction
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  Let's Paint A Bird - From Start to Finish!
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  A Penny For Your Thoughts?
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  Q&A
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  Student Gallery
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"The instruction, thought and care put into each lesson was uplifting and inspirational to not only get me started in using this amazing medium, but to hone my skills and easily share and inspire others also."

- Amanda, Bloomin' Lovely Gouache student

"You are a WONDERFUL teacher & I can't say enough good things about this class!! I've already learned far more than I paid-- so please accept my sincere thanks!"

- Lora, Bloomin' Lovely Gouache student

"The course is so thoughtfully paced and organized that building on skills evolved smoothly and naturally. I was suprised at my own progress!"

- Pamela, Bloomin' Lovely Gouache student

"What I have learned from just 30% of your gouache class is way more than I have learned from the hundreds of Craftsy clases I own, the hundreds of YouTube videos I've watched and the countless other websites I have landed on looking for art tutorials. You are a very talented individual with a wonderful personality."

- Rosi, Get Started With Gouache student

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start?
The course is available to start now! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as The Aviary exists - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.
Do I need to know anything about gouache to join?
If you've never used gouache before, you will need to complete my free foundation mini-course, Get Started With Gouache before you begin Flying Lessons.
Who is The Aviary for?
The Aviary is open to all skill levels! If you're curious about exploring the beautiful world of bird painting, The Aviary is designed to take you from beginner to bird nerd, brushstroke by brushstroke.
What materials do I need?
Less is more! In Flying Lessons, you will receive a clickable supply list to make shopping for supplies easy! We’ll mainly be working with gouache, but only a handful of colours. I’ll teach you how to mix all of the colours you’ll need from the three primary colours. Access to a printer will be handy too, to print class handouts and cheat sheets.
Can I download the lessons?
Video lessons can only be streamed online, not downloaded. You will need a good internet connection to stream the videos. All other handouts and cheat sheets are available for download.
How do I sign up?
When you click the “Join Now” button, you’ll be directed to a payment page. If you don’t already have an account with my online e-course host - Teachable, you will be prompted to sign up. After you’ve been through checkout, you will have instant access to the entire Flying Lessons class, as well as two bonus bird classes. Whenever a new bird has landed in The Aviary, you will receive an email to let you know!

Your Instructor


Deanna Maree
Deanna Maree

I bought my first set of gouache paints for design college over 10 years ago! It was on the materials list, so I got a set of primary colours. We never actually used it though, and my little set of gouache paint got pushed to the back of the cupboard. I developed as a fine artist painting with acrylic paint on huge canvases, and I forgot all about gouache.

Fast forward a few more years, and I find myself living on a really remote island in Indonesia. Because we accessed our island home by a tiny seaplane with strict luggage restrictions, I had to downsize my artwork significantly. So I began experimenting with different mediums, and I re-discovered the same old tubes of gouache that I’d bought for college all those years ago. Some of the tubes were pretty much dried up, but I discovered that I could rewet the paint with water!

I found gouache a little tricky to work with at first. I had trouble getting the paint to spread easily, while still maintaining that beautiful bold finish that gouache is known for. It also took me a while to find the right paintbrush, and paper for the job, but once I did - the quality of my work changed overnight.

I'm ready to share all of my tips, tricks and secrets with you, and I want to open a world of creativity and colour to you through gouache!