POSTPONED Musical Birds: Integrating Paper and Paint with Terra Simieritsch

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.” ~Emily Dickinson 

Do you have a bird that holds special meaning to you? Come and join Terra Simieritsch as she guides you through the process of creating your own unique mixed-media musical songbird on a 6x6” birch board support. 

Over the course of the day you will learn how to: 

Prepare a wooden surface for painting, 

Choose great sheet music to use in your mixed media projects, 

Adhere paper to birch board panels, 

Learn techniques to paint birds, and 

Incorporate paint in a way that allows the sheet music to shine through. 

Beginner and intermediate adult and teen students with some prior painting experience will enjoy creating a feathered friend to take home. We will take breaks to get out and walk around the Leighton Centre property to observe and identify the birds in the surrounding forest. 

Audience: This workshop is suitable for adult and teen beginner-Intermediate with some painting experience  

All supplies are included 

Students may want to bring own brushes and bird pictures. 

Please include lunch, snack and water bottle for the day! Tea and coffee will be provided.

Registration cost:  $95 plus GST & Eventbrite Fees*  

* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees  

Registration closes on Thursday May 21st, 2020 at 5 PM  

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Terra Simieritsch is a Calgary based artist with a seasonal approach. In the summer she can be found adventuring in the outdoors with her family and a backpack full of sketchbooks, pens and watercolours. These sketches become a treasury of the beautiful memories of time spent canoeing, hiking and camping across Western Canada and the United States of America. 

In the colder months, Terra spends time in the studio creating eclectic mixed media pieces on board which build upon the fine art skills and more abstract components she has gained by attending classes and various types of workshops. Many of her pieces blend realism with abstract and mark making components. She is particularly well recognized for her many bird paintings in which she loves to capture each particular species’ personality. 

Her inspiration comes from time spent in the natural world and her work ranges from landscapes to portraits of the bugs, birds and found objects she admires. She often posts sneak peeks of inspiration and current projects on Instagram @tsimieritsch or on her Facebook page Art by TSimieritsch. Her work can be found in collections across Canada, USA and Europe.