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Bird Aware Art Fest

This February we’re getting creative with the Bird Aware Art Fest. It’s all about building connections with coastal birdlife through arts and crafts.

Take part in one of our art events or get creative at home with some of our top tips and suggestions.

You might decide to knit a knot, mould a merganser, paint a plover or sketch a shelduck – whether you’re a seasoned artist or a complete beginner, the Bird Aware Art Fest is for you.

We’d love to see your creations! Share them with us on social media or via email at info@birdaware.org

Children painting
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Join us at an Art Fest event

  • Guided birdwatching walk and sketching workshop
    4 February – fully booked
    Enjoy a guided walk around Fishbourne, followed by a sketching workshop at Dell Quay Education Centre which will be led by local artist Leticia Silva dos Santos.
  • Create a redshank collage
    14 February – fully booked
    Join us this February half term to learn about the Solent’s wonderful winter birdlife and make your own redshank using natural materials.
  • Creative coastal birds
    14 February
    Come and see us at Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea and have a go at colouring or drawing your own bird!
  • Get inspired to paint a bird-themed pebble
    16 February – fully booked

    Explore the coast, learn about the Solent’s wonderful winter birdlife and paint a pebble.
  • Guided birdwatching walk and sketching workshop
    17 February
    Enjoy a guided walk around Yarmouth, followed by a sketching workshop which will be led by local artist Bethany Moore.
  • Paint a turnstone clay cut-out
    18 February – fully booked

    Join us at Dell Quay to see migratory birds in their habitat and paint a clay cut out of a turnstone to take home.
  • Photographing nature with phones 
    24 February – fully booked
    Join us for golden hour at beautiful Hill Head to learn how to get the most out of your mobile phone when taking photos of the natural world.
  • Inspirational walk and creative session
    25 February
    We’ll start with a walk around the River Hamble for artistic inspiration, followed by a creative session where you can use what you have seen to inspire your own work of art.

 

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Artistic colouring-in sheets

Print and enjoy our coastal bird-themed colouring in sheets.

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Brent geese flying past the Portsmouth skyline during a sunset

Read our blog about how the natural world can inspire creativity.

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Redshank made from leaves and sticks

Follow our simple guide and make a redshank at home.

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Man in red jacket holding camera at the beach.

Read our blog about how to enjoy wildlife friendly photography.

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