Indiana Dunes State Park : Beginning Bird Drawing and Painting

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by Kate Land
Date: December 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Indiana Dunes State Park : Beginning Bird Drawing and Painting Details:

As part of our 2016 Arts in the Parks series, Indiana Dunes State Park visitors are invited to attend a series of three Beginning Bird Drawing and Painting workshops with local bird artist, Kristina Knowski, at the Nature Center. These 4-hour workshops will feature hands-on help working from the park’s own mounted specimens to draw, learn, and paint some of Indiana’s diverse bird life and allow visitor’s to create their own original bird painting.

This workshop will actively engage State Park visitors by allowing an in-depth study to create their own original art working from life with the Nature Center’s mounted specimens. Visitors will discover their creative side with the help of professional artists, work with high-quality materials, and learn fun facts about native and migrating bird species of the Indiana Dunes. Finished projects can be taken home as a memorable souvenir to treasure from their trip. This workshop will repeat in 2017. Registration goes live November 1.

Who: Anyone, all ages and skill levels welcome

About the Instructors: Kristina Knowski is an artist and birder living in Duneland. She graduated Valedictorian from the American Academy of Art and continues to work primarily in watercolor. Her work focuses on both extant and extinct avifauna and has lead previous bird-related workshops at the State Park Nature Center. You can view her portfolio at and

Assistant artist and local illustrator Aaron Melendez is also a graduate from the American Academy of Art. His professional career as an illustrator has allowed him to work on a variety of projects working with traditional mediums as well as being proficient in digital painting. Some of his projects include scientific illustration and a series of watercolor paintings of local bird species. His passion for birds in art is equal to that of fellow artist Kristina Knowski and the two have worked together for a variety of projects. You can view his work at

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