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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Red Woodpecker, 1955; watercolor on paper, 22 x 17 inches; Private Collection

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Red Woodpecker, 1955; watercolor on paper, 22 x 17 inches; Private Collection

Class / Workshop  |  Sounds of The Songbird

International Center for Watercolor

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:30 am–1:30 pm

Artist/Instructor:  Jennifer Koury
$35 members/$46 not-yet members
*Class size is limited

In many of Charles E. Burchfield's paintings, sound inspired his use of brushstrokes, symbols and lines. Burchfield's unique expression emulates echoes of birds, wind and reverberations through the forest.

In the painting, The Red Woodpecker, Burchfield symbolized the movement of the woodpecker flitting up the tree and the bird's pecking percussion vibrating through the trunk. Create a forest filled with the reverberating sounds of your choice of bird, using brushstrokes and symbols to represent the echo of the songbird and its movements, flight, or journey winding in and out of the forest trees.

Jennifer Koury, a watercolorist, delights in both the natural world's play of light and color on forms, and watercolor's whimsical properties: color bleeding, reticulation and natural paint sediments.  Koury has enjoyed a rewarding career as a dedicated painter and freelance illustrator.  She is published in both children's and adult based books. Her work is featured at George Washington's Mount Vernon and Yuma Regional Medical Center, Arizona.  After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in Painting and Printmaking, Koury continued her studies to graduate from Art Center College of Design, California. A member of the BSA, NFWS and NFPAP, she resides with her family in Buffalo, and is inspired by the natural beauty of Western New York for both plein air and studio paintings. Koury is represented by Meibohm Fine Arts, artist link.

Supply List:

Arches 100% Cotton, Cold Press 140 lb Watercolor Paper for the size painting of your choice
Watercolor Palette and water container

Brushes: Bring your personal favorite choices, or Round #14 Escoda- Versatil, or Round #12 Princeton Aqua Elite 4850 Synthetic Sable Brushes extra-long bristles, and Flat 1 inch Princeton Stroke Brush or a higher quality Flat 1 ", OR your personal favorite brushes
High Quality Tube Watercolor Paint, which is not a student grade
Photo reference which will inspire you to create a forest filled with the reverberating sounds of birds and forest trees, or photos of bird's sounds and movements working, flitting and on a journey winding through the forest
Backing board, paper towels and masking tape

Download the registration form.

For further information go to the International Center For Watercolor or contact Kathy G. Shiroki at, 716.878.3549.