Rocking Raptors (Observational Art) (Online) Co-presented with the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center

Join us for this thrilling week! Each morning, an Interpretive Naturalist from The University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center will introduce one or two live raptors (or birds of prey) for us to observe, learn about, and draw. Raptors are carnivorous birds and have existed in some form for 50 to 75 million years. Wow!

To best explore and capture the characteristics and movements of each bird, we’ll draw both from observing the live birds and from photos. We will learn interesting approaches to drawing including contour drawing, gesture drawing, working with continuous line, value, and mass. We’ll also learn how to use simple measuring tools to make our proportions as accurate as possible. Lastly, we’ll explore using a number of exciting drawing media and see how they differ in their effects: drawing pencils, and erasers, charcoal, colored pencil, and time permitting, watercolors, oil pastels and collage.

Throughout the week we'll take inspiration from historical and contemporary artwork featuring animals, especially birds, including the work of J.J. Audubon, whose book of paintings, The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.

Friday we’ll celebrate the week's explorations with a fun online exhibition of our raptor-inspired artwork. / Open to students ages 6–12. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete registration policies. Please read complete summer camp information and policies before completing your registration.  

This virtual class will meet daily via Google Meet/Zoom. A group meeting will be held from 9–11 a.m. The instructor will offer optional office hours in the afternoon. The morning meetings will consist of demonstrations, technique lessons, discussions, class activities, opportunities for students to ask questions, and check-ins. Students will be expected to work independently on projects outside of class.

Required hardware: A computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work.

Required supplies for the first class: Sketchbook 9” x 12” (may be in-progress); #2 pencil; drawing pencils 6B, 2B, HB; Sharpie type black marker (1 thick and 1 fineline); charcoal pencil (medium); colored pencil set; Pink Pearl or white "plastic" eraser; kneaded eraser; scissors; ruler; masking tape; Elmer's type glue; watercolor set and watercolor brush; 3 sheets 11” x 15”  thicker paper for mixed media such as Strathmore Vision Watercolor; large yogurt or cottage cheese container for water; paper towels; Q-tips. Supplies will cost approximately $20-30.

Please Register Before: July 28
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). 
Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSK 0213 18 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, August 2, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, August 6, 2021
9:00–11:00 a.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 6–12
Days of Week: 
Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 6-9
Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12