Catbird Class Project
Oven bird in progress
Al teaches a complete sculpture starting from a wooden cutout all the way to the final hand-brushed details. Students may elect to bring a previously carved piece for critique and individualized painting instruction. Al offers airbrush seminars for carvers interested in using this technique to create a softer finished look. He helps students vanquish the dreaded "air brush phobia" and they leave his studio with the confidence to continue using the air brush at home. Contact Al directly to schedule a session.
IN STUDIO SEMINARS:
Al hosts seminars in a spacious and well-lit studio adjacent to his home. The studio has 16 feet of windows overlooking Al's falconry facilities and a bird inhabited backyard. Students are asked to use their own tools, paints, brushes, other equipment and supplies. Al provides a cutout, eyes, and patterns. Any brass needed for legs, feet, branches, leaves, etc. will be supplied. A complete list of paint colors, tools, and equipment is available before each seminar. Al usually power carves his pieces, airbrushes the base colors, shadows, and some detail and then uses a brush for the final details. If preferred, the student may hand paint the entire piece.
CLUB AND SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION:
Al teaches seminars around the country and is available for club and small group instruction.
CLASSES - 2021
Al has taken the leap and entered the world of the virtual classroom. To date, he has taught a lifesize Boreal Owl and a 1/2 size Raven. Offerings will continue to grow.
VIRTUAL CLASS VIA FACEBOOK - Barn Swallow - Lifesize, challenge pose.
Date: Available in late February.
Cost: $450 which covers cutout, eyes, and shipping. Students shall provide their own base/mount.
The class will be posted on Facebook and conducted as a private group. Upon registration, you will receive an invitation and access code to join. Every session will be available at anytime on Facebook. You can access the many in-depth videos and pictures at your own convenience, as often as you like. This allows you to work at your own speed and whenever best suits your schedule. We will be creating a highly decorative piece. All aspects of carving, detailing, and painting will be covered. The base/mount will be discussed but each student shall make their own decision on how to proceed.
This method has become a popular way to learn during the pandemic. It has proven to be a very effective way to learn.
Contact Al directly with questions or if you would like to join in. You will not be disappointed! Read what some of Al's students have to say:
These classes are really well done and you can learn a lot. I plan on doing it! As Al says, you won't be disappointed. RC
These are great classes and very in depth and you can learn at your own pace. Highly recommended taking the class. GS
I've done two online courses with Al this year. Both were outstanding and for me this is such a great way to improve. Being able to work at your own pace and to review videos is so much better than on site workshops though I do miss the social aspect... Al is an outstanding teacher. I be taking the swallow class and other future classes. Thanks Al for all. LG
VIRTUAL CLASS in conjunction with Krausman's Wildlife Reference Photos and Woodcarving Studios.
Subject: Carve and paint an American Kestrel.
For details contact Pam at Krausman's: (616)401-2703
For carving supplies, expert advice, and individual attention, Al recommends Jaymes Company. For more information, visit their website.
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Realistic bird carvings by woodcarver Al Jordan © 2021 by Al Jordan. All rights reserved.