September 12-15th: Nature Journaling Conference
Join me at the 1st annual Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference this fall in Pacific Grove, California.
The conference is hosted by John Muir Laws; an author, illustrator, and educator from California and colleague of mine from the science illustration program we both graduated from at U.C. Santa Cruz. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together, immersed in the beauty of the central coast.
The event will be held at the Mott Training Center on the campus of Asilomar, with additional classes and events at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and other local venues.
August 12-16th: Willamette River Trip
Join me for a 5-day trip paddling down Oregon’s magnificent Willamette River with the organization Willamette RiverKeeper for their annual event, Paddle Oregon. I’ll be sharing daily nature sketching and journaling tips and leading river-side and campsite workshops on drawing the flora and fauna we encounter along the river.
This event is famous for its spectacular meals, legendary Pacific Northwest wine, and beer selection, local entertainment, evening presentations, yoga sessions, massage, and beautiful camping spots. Learn more and sign up on the Paddle Oregon website.
June 15 and 16: Sketching Birds Weekend Workshop in Bend, Oregon
Learn the basics of sketching birds in pencil with a focus on depicting common Oregon species. We’ll cover the essentials of bird anatomy and practice quick field sketching techniques to help you capture the bird shapes and behaviors observed when sketching outdoors.
Date: Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16 time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost: $125, with all materials included. Location: Sagebrushers Art Society
May 11 and 12: Silver Falls State Park Birding and Wildflower Festival
Join me at the 41st Annual Silver Falls State Park Birding and Wildflower Festival, located near scenic Silverton, Oregon. I’ll be leading 1-hour workshops where participants will learn about 3 different bird species that migrate through the area; Rufous Hummingbird, Wilson’s Warbler, and Black-headed Grosbeaks. Participants will learn about the birds’ migratory routes, life history, and identification while learning how to create realistic sketches of them. Fun for the whole family!
April 26th and 27th: Bird Drawing Workshop in Burns, Oregon
Join me in eastern Oregon on Friday, April 26th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Harney County Library in Burns for my 2-hour beginner’s bird drawing workshop ‘Stick Figures to Songbirds in Just 60 Minutes’.
Then on Saturday, we will meet at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for a morning bird walk and some bird sketching practice.
April 22 – May 4: Sketchbook Revival Online Arts Workshop
I’m teaching for a free art journaling program called the Sketchbook Revival Online Workshop that I’d like to invite you to. It starts April 22 and runs through May 4 and includes daily interviews and hands-on workshops with over 20 artists from around the world.
April 22: Earth Day Inspired Sketching Class
Join me in Bend, Oregon for a class in honor of Earth Day: Introduction to Nature Sketching. It’s Monday, April 22nd from 10-noon at the Sagebrushers Art Society. Read the poster below to learn more.
It’s free, but pre-registration is required so email me to save your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 8-10: Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival
Join me in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this spring for a 3-day festival celebrating the local flora and fauna of this beautiful region of the Pacific coast of Mexico. The festival is based at the award-winning Vallarta Botanical Gardens just 30 minutes south of the city and will include 3 days of birding and nature walks, talks, workshops and celebrations. The area offers lots of activities for nature lovers and bird-watchers, including 300+ species of birds including specialty species like the Lilac-crowned Parrot, Citreoline Trogon, Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Black-throated Magpie-Jay, and many others. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in this region of Mexico and am excited to return. I’ll be teaching bird sketching classes for adults and children at the beautiful Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
Learn more and register on the Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival website.
May 24, 2018: Podcast interview with Nurture in Nature
I was interviewed by Tania Moloney of the Nurture in Nature podcast. She’s an Australian nature educator who helps inspire kids and parents with fun activities for getting outside more often in order to feel the sun in your face, the wind in your hair and the warmth in your heart.
I was honored to be chatting with Tania about the benefits of nature journaling for families and educators and how it can build empathy, understanding and ultimately, a conservation ethic in those that pursue this engaging practice.
May 12 and 13,2018: Silver Falls State Park Birding and Wildflower Festival
Christine taught bird sketching workshops at the 40th Annual Silver Falls State Park Birding and Wildflower Festival, located near scenic Silverton, Oregon. Christine Elder led 1-hour workshops where participants learned about 3 different species that migrate through the area; Rufous Hummingbird, Wilson’s Warbler, and Black-headed Grosbeaks. Students learned about the birds’ migratory routes, life history, identification, and hints for creating realistic sketches of them. Here are a few photos from the event. A great time was had by all!
February 24-March 4: Birds and Blossoms Nature Sketching Holiday
Christine led a sketching holiday in the tropical rainforest of the beautiful country of Honduras.
November 24-December 7: Visiting Peru’s lowland rainforests and cloud forests on a trip sponsored by the Amazon Conservation Association, in order to sketch its abundant wildlife and plan a return trip to bring my nature sketching guests.
September 29-October 2: Attending the American Birding Expo in Philadephia where I’ll have a booth with information on my sketching holidays and I’ll be demonstrating bird sketching techniques.
September 15-17: Attending the Puget Sound Bird Festival where I’ll be leading bird appreciation activities for kids.
March 1-5: Led a birdwatching tour to western Mexico, which allowed us to donate to a local conservation organization called United for the Macaws, that educates people about the endangered Military Macaw. We presented them with funds as well as a macaw coloring page that I designed for their use in educating local village children. Here’s a link to the English language version if you’d like to share it with your own kids.
December 16: Teaching a sketching workshop in Nome Alaska for the University of Fairbanks Northwest Campus in Nome, followed by assisting with the Nome Christmas Bird Count. Willow ptarmigans, McKay’s Buntings, and King Eiders oh my!
September 28-October 2: Teaching a workshop at the Western Field Ornithologists annual conference, California. October 1, 8-11 am. Workshop title: Bird Sketching on the Fly.
Join Christine Elder for a hands-on workshop to learn quick and easy bird sketching techniques for birders. Learning some basics of bird sketching can be used in myriad ways; from giving you a new way to interact with and appreciate birds when out birding, to improving your bird identification skills, and to enhancing the quality of your field research notebook. Anyone can learn basic drawing skills and even if your drawing isn’t perfect, it’s the process, not the product that counts in learning about a bird’s form and behavior. Whether you’re out in the field, at the zoo, or home drawing your pet canary you’ll gain enjoyment and knowledge from the practice of sketching bird life.
May 8-15: Attending the Biggest Week in American Birding, Ohio. I’ll be sharing a vendor booth with Paradise Birding and sharing my tips for identifying woodpeckers and warblers through the practice of field sketching.
May 7: Teaching workshops at the 38th Annual Silver Falls State Park Birding and Wildflower Festival, Oregon.
I will be leading wildflower and bird sketching workshops during this festival held in the beautiful temperate rain forest habitat in Oregon. Visit the Silver Falls State Park website for more information.
March 5 & 6: Teaching bird sketching workshops at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
I’m pleased to announce that I ’ll be returning to Mexico for the Vallarta Bird Festival held at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens to teach bird sketching workshops on March 5th and 6th. The gardens are a fabulous place for this workshop with its many acres of native plants set in a tropical paradise and serenaded by the rushing water of a wild river running in the canyon below. In my workshop we will focus on a quick sketching technique appropriate for drawing live birds, then we’ll venture out to the gardens to observe birds at the feeders, including the endemic San Blas Jays and Yellow-winged Caciques. Saturday’s workshop will focus on sketching woodpeckers, such as the Golden-Cheeked and Pale-billed and Sunday’s workshop will focus on sketching hummingbirds. Learn more here.
Audubon Society Presentation
September 17: Presentation titled Improving your bird identification skills through the practice of field sketching. Held at the East Cascades Audubon Society, Bend Oregon.
20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean
Connecting Communities and Conservation
Christine will be attending and be presenting at the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean in New Kingston, Jamaica 25-29 July 2015. The conference theme will be: Birds—Connecting Communities and Conservation. Birds Caribbean a nonprofit membership organization working to conserve the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats through research, education, conservation action and capacity building. Founded in 1988, BirdsCaribbean is the largest single bird conservation organization in the Greater Caribbean region.
Christine will also be attending, presenting and giving a workshop on sketching birds at the conference. She is also honored to be participating in a very special program for children at the Hope Zoo in Kingston, BirdSleuth Caribbean-Connecting Kids Through Birds, a program developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with activities specifically tailored for local children and focusing on learning about the birds of the Caribbean.
Radio Interview with Christine
June 29th, 2015. I’ll be interviewed on KPOV radio to discuss birds, bird watching and the educational value of nature sketching to deepen ones appreciation and understanding of the natural world around us. Join us at on Monday, June 29th at 9am, but if you can’t make the live broadcast it will still be available for streaming until July 5th at www.kpov.org