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NOTE FROM A STUDENT: "Jude, this comes to say how very much I enjoyed your workshop at the Forestry Center, and I think you will be pleased to know I have been putting your teaching to use. I recently purchased a good journal and have just finished my second page, with the topic being my trip to Cape Perpetua yesterday. And yes, I am liking the effect I get with the paints I purchased. This morning I painted my sketches with your book at hand for ideas on how to handle the rocks and ocean especially. The worksop day was so full with the excellent art show, and the added bonus of the John Muir prints - a very inspiring day." ~ Best wishes, Lynda


Here is a summary of classes I am teaching, both locally and other places. Registration and payment holds your place. If I cancel, you have a credit, good for rest of the term. Email me to register or for questions.

I hope you enjoy my latest encounters with birds....

CrowSketching Birds:

Get the gesture!
with Jude Siegel

August 1, 2015
Saturday 10-3

Different from the exacting details of illustration, this approach is about getting just enough on the paper. Often, less is more! We will draw live birds, specimens and photos.

geeseWe will practice some easy ways to record those birds around us in our journals, with a little background as well. A great way to add to your birding records, and you will remember more about the birds you sketch!

We will work with graphite, pen and simple watercolor. No art experience, just willingness.

Adult Education Programs
Audubon Society of Portland
5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, 97210


Red breasted Nuthatch



NATURE JOURNALING with Jude Siegel: Seeing and recording impressions of Nature in a relaxed way

August 8 &9 (Sat-Sun) 10-3

Chickadee - Gratitude for BirdsRegistration: Kay Reinhardt (
lodging available on-site at the Padilla Bay Estaurine Research Facility (about $40/night in the Bunkhouse)
Class cost: $155 ($35 of which goes to Padilla Bay Foundation)

Explore seeing in new ways, using relaxation, connection, and presence to gather impressions of the beauty around us.



Then, with drawing and watercolor, and some text, let's record in our watercolor journals. We shall create pages that will be filled with the beauty we each perceive around us, workingoutside and in studio. No art experience required, only enthusiasm and willingness! Lots of useful exercises given in a supportive atmosphere.



Details and supply list to follow registration.
Option to purchase a ready made travel palette of 9 professional watercolors from Jude
for $45
Email if interested.Kingfisher


Padilla Bay Foundation
PO Box 1305
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

forest scene



Jude Siegel
and Winnie Givot

August 20 - 22, 2015, Sisters,Oregon

Thursday - Saturday.
Come early to set up.
$250. Payment reserves your place. All skill levels are welcome.

Working in journal format, we will use watercolors, beautiful paper and inspiration from the natural world to fill pages some our journals.

Each day includes practicing ways to see, to draw, to paint, and some writing.

Other elements for enhancing pages, such as collage, stamping, and penwork, will also be explored.

Winnie and Jude Siegel have taught together for many years, at home and abroad. Their different styles of painting and teaching are complementary so students see diverse ways of working. Jude is the author of the book, A Pacific Northwest Nature Sketchbook.

Email if interested.


Sketching Birds
and their surroundings:

Draw and Color


October 17, 2015
10-3 Saturday

Simple ways to get the essence of a bird, its pose and its surroundings. Add to your birding joy with a personal record in your journal. Practice some ways to see the basics of a bird without need of exact detail. We will use graphite, pen and simple water- color. Great for local birding or travels. No art experience needed.

Adult Education Programs
Audubon Society of Portland
5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, 97210