Courses & Workshops

Draw Flamboyant Birds in Colour!

Draw Flamboyant Birds in Colour!
5 week Online Course (Zoom)
Contact Bethany Milam to Book.

A fun online course, drawing some of the most colourful and unique birds from around the world.

Learn to draw a selection of bird species from tanagers to toucans to hummingbirds and some you may not even have heard of before! This course will focus on colour! You will learn how to layer colour, draw Iridescence, and create feather textures. We will look at anatomy, gesture and observational drawing, working from beautiful reference photos provided in an online folder for you to print and viewable on screen. There will be a mix of drawing activities and longer studies. This is a fun class with the chance to explore different drawing techniques, working in coloured pencil, pastel pencil and soft pastel with demonstrations and tuition from artist and tutor Bethany Milam. Activities can be adapted to other media too!

Suitable for all abilities.

The lessons will last approximately two hours. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and I will make some time for individual feedback on your artwork at the end of the session.

Lessons are recorded and made available for participants to watch back for the duration of the course plus one month after. If you cannot attend live you can take part via recorded sessions and receive feedback on your artwork by email.

You will receive access to an online folder containing lesson resources, reference images, materials lists, resources and extra topic information. Feedback can be given during lesson time. You will also have access to a closed Facebook group to interact with other students.

What you will gain from the course:
• Explore colour, texture, tone, and pattern.
• Improve your observational drawing skills and learn a little bird anatomy to develop your drawings further.
• Practice drawing techniques in pastel and coloured pencil.
• Learn about some different bird species from across the world.
• Relax and focus on creativity.
• Have fun!

A more tailored materials list will be emailed to you each week. You are also welcome to use your own preferred media.

Suggested Materials:
Reference photos (Printed out if possible).
Sketchbook/Drawing paper/cartridge paper, or coloured paper.
Pastel paper A4 or A3 can be coloured or white (I use Pastelmat or Ingres papers)
HB pencil
Coloured pencils
Soft Pastels
Pastel pencils
Fixative or hairspray
Pencil sharpener
Paper blending stump
Erasers (putty rubber, fine tip eraser etc.)
Bristle brush
White Gouache Paint / white pen (optional)
Coloured markers/ felt tips could also be used. (optional)
Masking tape (optional)
Colourless Blender pencil (optional)
Embossing tool (optional)
An Apron and something to cover your table with.

Click Here to Contact Bethany and Book Your Place
Once registered you will be emailed class details and payment options.


Log onto (please log in promptly to avoid disruption.)
a) You will be prompted to download & install the Zoom app. You can do this beforehand by going here:
b) Click join meeting and enter the meeting ID. This is sent to you in the confirmation email.
c) You will be prompted to key in the password. This code is sent to you in the confirmation email.
d) You will be placed in a 'waiting room' before being admitted. Once entered into the meeting, your microphone may be automatically muted. I will normally unmute everyone to say hello at the start of the session and individually to give feedback at certain points and at the end of the session. During demonstration times, I will mute everyone's microphones to cut background noise. You can unmute your microphone to ask questions at any point. You can also talk to other participants at any time using the group chat (or the 1:1 chat) function.