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Duck drawing workshop lands at Explorit

By From page A5 | July 12, 2013

Aspiring wildlife artists will have a chance to participate in special duck-drawing workshops with Sabreena Britt of the California Waterfowl Association at Explorit Science Center on Saturday, July 20. Britt will host four 30-minute workshops at 1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.

The California Waterfowl Association is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to conserving California’s wetlands and the birds that call them home while supporting the state’s hunting heritage. The association also is a supporter of Explorit’s current exhibition, “Beautiful World: Science and Art” through its loan of several duck specimens on display in Explorit’s gallery.

The California Waterfowl Association’s Explorit workshops will focus on the scientific applications of art, specifically drawing. Accurate, detailed representations of wildlife can inspire and advance knowledge and love of these creatures that are an integral part of our local ecosystem. Britt will coach workshop participants on basic waterfowl anatomy and artistic techniques for transforming basic geometric shapes into accurate depictions of waterfowl.

Bookmarks and waterfowl trading cards will be available for workshop participants, plus guidelines and a chance to participate in the association’s Junior Duck Stamp Program. The program is a national waterfowl drawing competition for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Britt also will have information about CWA’s upcoming chance to meet a biologist and help band wild ducks on Grizzly Island in Suisun Marsh on July 23 and Aug. 2. Duck banding is an important tool for scientists to track waterfowl populations and migratory behavior, gleaning invaluable data about California’s birds.

These banding opportunities are just a couple of CWA’s many programs designed to invite the public, particularly young people, to interact with nature and foster a lifelong love of the outdoors. You can find more information about a chance to band ducks at https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=Y01314E. Find other CWA family events at calwaterfowl.org.

Admission to CWA’s workshops at Explorit is free with paid admission to the exhibition. Admission is $5 per person, and free for members and children 2 years old and under.

If you are an artist, scientist, outdoorsperson or craftsperson with a special passion you’d like to share with the public, or if you know someone who is, Explorit is looking for more special guests to join us for public workshops or demonstrations at our museum. If you’d like to share your skills, hobbies or interests with our guests, please email us at [email protected].

So gather the family on a hot summer Saturday, dust off the colored pencils and join Explorit and the California Waterfowl Association for an afternoon of creativity and wildlife!

Explorit’s events:

* Explorit’s Final Blast Family Fun Science Show: Sunday, Aug. 18, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Witness chemical genius as UC Davis faculty provide live chemistry demonstrations, take a ride on a Whymcycle and cool off with a smoothie from Jamba Juice. Try your hand at creating art with a scientific twist and practicing science through art. Tickets are available now at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/405671.

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191 or visit www.explorit.org. You can also “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow on Twitter at @ExploritScience.

Lisa Justice

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