Hello everyone! I've never done an online class before so please bear with me as I stumble through this. In order to participate in this classroom, you need to sign up here, please! https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=520194&p=1 Current students signed up for this class: equinehugger3 NixNoodleNumbat DuckLover179 animalloverabh the duck whisperer Chickenfur Quinn4321 duckygirl bella1210 What is this class about? I am here to talk about and teach bird anatomy basics and how it translates into art. In representational art (art that is meant to look like a specific thing) observation and knowledge of your subject matter can have a huge impact on the final product. While I will do my best not to get 'stuffy', there is a lot of neat science behind birds and the better we understand them the better we can draw them! Birds are complex animals and while people generally lump them all together, did you know that there are over 10,000 known living species of bird? That is approximately twice the amount of known mammal species! Birds inhabit nearly every ecosystem across the globe (the exception being deep sea), including Antarctica. So birds are much more diverse than we usually give them credit for. Most birds are social animals, and so have formed complex means of communication; everything from their song to expressive colors, expressive body language, and of course their gorgeous feathers! What does all of this have to do with art? Our observations about birds can make or break a piece of bird art! Fortunately, most people on this forum have birds in their lives. Chickens, ducks, quail, guineas, house birds such as parrots or finches... even outside birds at the feeder. Most of you have probably had at least some experience with a bird! I am honored to work with you as my students! How this classroom is run: I do not expect everyone to have the same level of drawing skill, and that is okay. I will grade as fairly as possible, and will consider your level of art knowledge, training, and ability when grading. This means I will grade a professional harder than someone that is just starting! Please do not feel intimidated. By being here it shows that you are wanting to learn and that says much more about you than your skill does. It means you want to improve and that is excellent! The grading chart per 44wolves rules is as such : A- 90-100 B- 80-89 C- 60-71 D- 51-59 F- 50 and below Welcome! I hope you enjoy, have fun, and are able to use any knowledge you gain here to better enjoy drawing birds.