Learn About and Sketch these Flying Jewels

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Hummingbirds are among the most popular and beautiful of the world’s avifauna. They are a diverse and fascinating family of 363 species who serve important ecological role as pollinators, especially in the tropics where both flowering plants and hummers reach their greatest biological diversity.

In this course, you’ll learn about the biology, diversity, and anatomy of these winged jewels.

I will then lead you in step-by-step drawing demonstrations of a variety of species from North America’s Rufous Hummingbird to the Caribbean’s Cuban Bee Hummingbird.

Watch this 1-minute tutorial sample!

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"Christine's supportive teaching style has really improved my drawing skills and given me real confidence."

- Heather Crellin, online student


  • Video tutorials
  • Downloadable high-resolution hummingbird images
  • Coloring pages (including bilingual Spanish/English ones!)
  • Hummingbird videos filmed by Christine for your sketching practice and enjoyment.
  • Bonus course: Stick Figures to Songbirds in Sixty Minutes.




“Christine is a dynamite teacher, even for slow art learners like me. I’ve taken two bird sketching classes with her – she’s patient, entertaining and knows how to integrate biology with technique.”

- Denise Fainberg, online student


Courses Included with Purchase

Stick Figures to Songbirds in Just 60 Minutes
A Six Step Roadmap to Sketching Success!
Christine Elder

Original Price: $12

"Christine Elder is not only absolutely wonderful with beginning students of all ages, but she also teaches some of us long-time artists how to draw those birds and beasts, flowers and fauna! Her classes introduce not only sketching techniques but also basic anatomy or botanical structure of the subject at hand. Absolutely comprehensive! Christine's love of the natural world and its expression on paper is contagious!"

- Rochelle Kahler

"Ms. Christine Elder has really helpful tips and I have learned a lot from her classes.I like how she breaks down the subject into smaller bite-size pieces so that it is easier to draw.She has helped me to really understand the anatomy of the animals and how to accurately draw them.

-Anna N. aged 13

Your Instructor

Christine Elder
Christine Elder

Hummingbirds Are My Passion!

I've been lucky to observe and sketch dozens of species of hummingbirds throughout the Americas, from Streamertails in Jamaica, Swordbilled Hummingbirds in Ecuador, and Shining Sunbeams in Peru to the Anna's hummingbirds that grace me with their presence in my own backyard!

I love helping people discover how easy, fun, and satisfying it is to sketch and paint the natural world.

I’ve taught sketching courses for over two decades, both as local classes and abroad at festivals and conferences in the U.S., Jamaica, Mexico, and Honduras.

I can proudly say that my students routinely tell me, “This is the best drawing I’ve ever done!”

As a professional biological illustrator, I’ve worked on numerous projects for books, magazines, scientists, and museums.

I’ve also led international nature sketching holidays to such exotic locales as Mexico and Honduras.

My favorite media include pencil, pen, watercolor, and gouache. I also enjoy digital art techniques using my Cintiq tablet.

My formal education includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biology as well as a graduate certificate in scientific illustration.

I reside in central Oregon, where I love to hike, ride horses, and take my nature journal into the mountains where I love to sketch and paint the wildflowers, birds, and mammals I see..

“Christine is such a wonderful teacher. She knows her field really well and is very generous with her time and information. Her classes are top of the line and so much fun.”

—Lorna Cahall, student

Anna’s Hummingbird artwork by Anna N. age 13

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! 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 you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.


If you find that this course doesn't meet your expectations, we will happily refund your money within the first 30 days after purchase.

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