Sketching Neotropical Birds

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Sketching Neotropical Birds is a course that builds upon (and comes bundled with) Christine’s foundational courses, Sketching Backyard Birds for Beginners and Stick Figures to Songbirds in Sixty Minutes.


Monthly Live Workshops

This course will include a new workshop each month for a year, starting in January 2021. The workshops are taught live online to encourage participation with students but can be watched at any time in the future at one’s leisure. They average 90 minutes and introduce the basic biology, ecology, and anatomy of the month’s featured family of birds followed by a step-by-step drawing demonstration and a question and answer session with students sharing their drawings.

We start the course in January with a workshop on Quetzals and Trogons, arguably some of the most beautiful birds of the Neotropics. Future monthly workshops will focus on families that include the Cotingas, Motmots, Manakins, Honeycreepers, Tanagers, Harpy Eagles, Sunbitterns and much more!

Bundled Foundational Courses

Sketching Backyard Birds for Beginners; a course that covers foundational concepts in drawing birds, with a focus on families well represented in the northern hemisphere including warblers, cardinals, thrushes, chickadees, quail, finches, orioles, sparrows, jays and much more.

Stick Figures to Songbirds in Sixty Minutes; a quick course for beginning sketchers to familiarize yourself with Christine’s Six Step Roadmap to Sketching Success.

Bonus Content

This Sketching Neotropical Birds course includes recordings of classes that Christine has previously taught on Neotropical bird families including Hummingbirds, Parrots, Toucans and more!

"As a beginning birder, learning more about birds and how to draw them has deepened my experience. As an artist, her supportive teaching style has really improved my drawing skills. Her courses have given me real confidence. I really can't recommend Christine enough. Beyond that, her classes are fun and something I really look forward to as she delights me with the natural world.”

- Heather Crellin

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"Christine helped me to become more confident and excited about drawing birds. As a big-picture ecologist, I’ve thoroughly loved getting back into the habit of slowing down and focusing on the smaller details. I feel like I’ve become a better artist AND a better biologist! Plus, Christine’s videos are very approachable, educational, and fun"

- Nicole Weprin

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"Christine Elder is a great teacher as you feel she is talking to YOU even though it is all online right now. It is non-threatening for a beginner like me who until recently was scared by a blank sheet of paper. What is especially wonderful is that thanks to Christine’s teaching and guidance I pay more attention to everything in nature, I notice more details... a delightful progression from looking with binoculars, to taking photos and making video clips, and now drawing and even painting. The world has become bigger, more beautiful, and more interesting. "

- Charlotte Elton

Your Instructor

Christine Elder
Christine Elder

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! 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.

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