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White Pine Cone and Chick-a-Dee

April 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Pine branch with a black capped chick-a-dee birdThursdays, April 18 & 25 and May 2, 9 & 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Join us as we celebrate the Maine state bird, the Black-capped Chickadee, and the unique state flower, the White Pine Cone and Tassel (Pinus strobus, linnaeus). Learn about this tiny bird from egg to feather and its deciduous habitat as we explore anatomy and composition. By the end of the four-week online class, students will create an original painting of a Black-capped Chickadee on a White Pine tree branch with a pine cone!  

This online class meets four Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m., starting April 18. We’ll meet on May 23 to review the final painting/drawing.

All levels are welcome. Suitable for teens 14+. Students can work in watercolor or colored pencil. 



Please see the recommended materials list here. You will not need everything on the list based on your chosen medium.


Artist Biography:

Mindy Lighthipe

Artist Mindy Lighthipe is passionate about getting out into the natural world and discovering beauty in every rock, stream, and forest. With this passion, she carefully studies her subjects in their environment.

Mindy uses a variety of techniques and media to create her bold imagery. She paints in watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and pan pastels. It is not uncommon for her to break traditional and classic rules by combining techniques to create her unique and breathtaking style.

Mindy graduated magna cum laude from Kean University with a BFA in studio arts and an MA in art education. She received her 210-hour certification in botanical illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. After graduating, she went on to teach more than twenty different classes in their botanical art program and developed a 250-hour certificate in natural science illustration.

Mindy has been exhibiting her art since 1998 in juried and solo exhibitions. In 2009, she received a Silver Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in London. In 2010, she had a solo exhibition at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Mindy currently teaches scientific illustration at the University of Florida. To learn more, visit www.mindylighthipe.com.



April 18
9:30 am - 11:30 am
$180 – $260
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Mindy Lighthipe