Friday, July 26, 2013

A free bird painting workshop along the Little Miami River...

If you are in downtown Loveland, OH this Sunday, July 28, stop by the Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center and paint a few birds with me! Matty and I are volunteering this weekend to teach kids and adults how to paint birds...and it's free...

Paint brushes, acrylic paints, pallets, and water buckets all add up to fun in the park! 
(Matty and I went crazy buying all the supplies. There's plenty to go around!)
Because not everyone likes to draw, I've created a lot of coloring book style bird templates and patterns you can trace or copy and then paint. In other words, you don't have to be an artist to have fun painting!    Here are just a few of the bird patterns you can use...

Coloring book page for a Blue Jay
                            Coloring book pattern of a Blue Jay

Free coloring book page for an Eastern Bluebird
                        Coloring book pattern of an Eastern Bluebird

Free coloring book page for a male Northern Cardinal Red Bird
                  Coloring book pattern of a male Northern Cardinal 

Coloring book page for an American Bald Eagle's head
                  Coloring book pattern of an American Bald Eagle 

I'll also show you a few tricks to draw birds quickly and easily...

Step-by-step guide to drawing a chickadee by Kelly Riccetti
Steps to draw a Black-capped Chickadee

Easy way to draw a bird by Kelly Riccetti
Two steps to draw a simple bird shape

Class time and description
The workshop runs from 1:00 - 3:00, but it is not a structured class. We're going to follow a drop-in format...drop in any time, paint a few birds, and leave when you feel like it. You don't have to be there for the duration of the workshop, because we're just painting birds for fun.  No experience is and adults are welcome! 

The Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center is located in downtown Loveland next to Nisbet Park along the bike trail. It is part of Little Miami, Inc. (LMI). LMI was founded in 1967 and has been the driving force behind protecting and restoring the Little Miami River. LMI owns over 100 nature preserves along the Little Miami and several of its tributaries. You can become a volunteer if you want to help protect the Little Miami River, or you can donate to the cause. Click here for more information on LMI

Love the bright red door on the LMI Center in downtown Loveland
Little Miami Scenic River and Trail (LMI) Center
211 Railroad Avenue
Loveland, OH 45140

Hope to see you there!
Kelly Riccetti


grammie g said...

Hi Kelly...Well I don't plan on being in the area lol,but it looks like a wonderful program!!
I like your tip's you posted, with the color book paintings and drawing's!!
It should be a great day, hope everybody has fun with it!!

Roy Norris said...

What a very nice and generous thing to do Kelly. Marvellous.

Montanagirl said...

Looks like a great program! The drawing tips are good - and helpful!

Janice K said...

I wish I lived closer!!

Tammie Lee said...

oh how i wish i could come!
it looks like you have created and experience where every student will walk away with a smile about what they have done! thank you for sharing how you drew your birds. lovely class to you.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing to do for your community - they are lucky!

Mary said...

Had to stop and see what you are painting these are so talented and I just love your paintings! I think the cardinal is my favorite here.

Elaine said...

If I lived just a wee bit closer I'd be there! Sounds like it'll be a great workshop.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Have fun with our event! I hope you get a good number. bird still looks like two circles. I better stick to photography.

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone! Matty and I were exhausted at the end of the workshop. So many people came....from 2 years old to 60 years old, lots of people learned how to paint birds today. The flow of people was constant, and we worked hard to keep up with everyone. So many beautiful paintings of birds were created today at the LMI Center.