Feathers and Talons and Beaks, Oh My! (Observational Art) Co-Presented with the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center

Studio Kids is very excited to be partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center this week! Each morning an Interpretive Naturalist from the center will bring one or two live raptors to MCAD to observe, learn about, and draw. Explore and capture the characteristics and movements of the birds, while learning about essential drawing strategies: contour, continuous line and gesture drawing. Discover several different fun media to draw with and see how they differ in their effects: drawing pencils, charcoal, ink, colored pencils and perhaps watercolors. For inspiration, this class will look at historical and contemporary drawings of animals, especially birds, including the work of JJ Audubon. The class will also visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art and learn about, study and draw different kinds of raptor bones, feathers, eggs and raptors from photos. On Friday afternoon family and friends are invited to to help the class celebrate these important birds by attending an exciting exhibition of the raptor-inspired artwork. / Open to students ages 9-12. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies.

Please note representatives from the Raptor Center will be at MCAD every morning. Schedule will include an hour information and Q&A session about the daily visiting birds and an hour of observational drawing and art-making with birds present.

Need extended care for your child during the day? The Children's Theatre Company next door offers morning and afternoon care for MCAD camp participants.

What to bring: Please bring a packed lunch each day.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity.

Please Register Before: July 31

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings: Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).

Questions? Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSK 0213 08 SU19
Date Start: 
Monday, August 5, 2019
Date End: 
Friday, August 9, 2019
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 122
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 9-12
Days of Week: 
Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12