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Exploring the form of a polar bear skull, photo by Kay French

I had a blast at the Burke Museum this Saturday teaching “Field Sketching: Arctic Animals.” The museum generously provided our workshop with a number of beautiful specimens, including two mounted Arctic foxes, a walrus skull, a polar bear skull, and an Arctic tern wing and skull. They were inspiring! We spent the┬ámorning sketching foxes with gestures and contours.

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Arctic fox gestures, 10 seconds to 1 minute

In the afternoon, we completed longer watercolor studies. I demonstrated how pieces can be first sketched on tracing paper, then transferred to a final sheet of art paper for completion. We worked on my favorite toned paper, Arches Cover Cream paper, using white gouache for highlights.

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Check out that walrus skull!

The afternoon flew by. Thank you to everyone who joined me, and to the Burke Museum and Nordic Heritage Museum for making the workshop possible!

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Beautiful bear skull study by Kay French