Learn to Paint Birds, Eggs, Feathers & Nests

Step-by-step acrylic painting techniques and symbolism to inspire personal meaning & art-making

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There is something special about birds - full of wonder, flight, freedom… An egg is a symbol of hope and possibility. Feathers speak of spirituality, and nests of the nurturing comfort of home. There is also something special about being able to paint these as symbols of our personal story.

Do you want to improve your painting skill while celebrating the wonder of birds? In this course you can! There are 7 step-by-step video lessons with bird themes of eggs, birds, feathers, and nests. Have fun and learn how to paint realistically and expressively with acrylics on a variety of surfaces and backgrounds: watercolor sheet/journal, wood board or canvas, sheet music (thin paper.)


Welcome and Intro
What about color, paint and brushes?
Preparing to paint & making an accordion journal

Drawing & Painting Eggs
Symbolism of the egg & drawing the egg
Painting eggs

Sketching & Painting Feathers
Symbolism of feathers
Painting feathers

Sketching & Painting a Bird
Symbolism of birds & where to find photo reference
Painting the bird with acrylics

Sketching & Painting a Nest with Eggs
Symbolism of the nest
Painting the nest
Lettering title of the accordion journal

Painting a personalized nest on canvas
Personalizing & painting your nest to reflect your season in life

Painting a hummingbird
Painting a hummingbird & personalizing your painting with flower photo

Painting a Songbird on Music Sheet Background
Preparing sheet music to paint on
Painting sparrows onto music

2 ways of adhering paper paintings to wood cradle boards for finished artwork ready to hang.

Special Features!

  • 3 audio bird stories and inspirational quotes and Scripture
  • Where to find photo reference of birds to paint from
  • Inspiration for making art personally meaningful
  • 8 Downloadable PDFs:
    — Photo reference of the projects in the course (except an egg)
    — Eggs template
    — Sheet music for background
  • Group interaction within course with ability to upload photos of your Bird themed art and comments

Your Instructor

Valerie Sjodin
Valerie Sjodin

If you’re like me, birds capture my imagination, have symbolic meaning, and bring beauty to everyday life. I have meaningful, personal bird stories and including birds in my artwork is natural and joyful.

I’ve been painting realistically and expressively for over 30 years and making art is a part of my everyday life. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, have attended and taught numerous workshops over the years, volunteered in the Art Literacy program at a local elementary school, taught how-to classes such as: coloring with colored pencils, painting and travel art journaling classes at local libraries; and exhibited art in galleries and exhibitions over the years. For ten years, I taught Art and Art History to Jr. High and High School students, and still get excited sharing in the joy of the “aha” moments with people. Lifetime Arts, a national online directory of teaching artists for older adults has added me to their roster of teaching artists. Currently, I am blessed to be living an artful life in Hillsboro Oregon, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband Keith. We have three grown married children and eight grandchildren.

To find out more visit my website and blog at https://valeriesjodin.com/

Course Curriculum

  Lesson 2 - Painting Feathers
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  Lesson 5 - Painting a Personalized Nest on Canvas
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  Lesson 6 - Painting a Hummingbird
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  Lesson 7 - Painting a Songbird on Music Background
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  Bonus - Gluing painting on paper onto a wood cradle board
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own, as long as the course is on Teachable. If this school ever closes you will be notified.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Because the full course content is available to you immediately after purchase, there will be no refunds. However, I want you to be happy with your experience in this course. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, you may contact me at [email protected] Thank you!

It is a new creative season and I am happy to be offering you this class on this streamlined class platform with more courses to follow. You can find up to date info about e-courses and in person studio courses at https://valeriesjodin.com/ in the dropdown menu. For creative inspiration subscribe to my blog at https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ .

I bless you to branch out on your own and sing your own song through painting the beauty of birds!


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