Rocking Raptors (Observational Art)

Studio Kids is very excited to be partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center this week! Each morning an Interpretive Naturalist from the center will bring one or two live raptors to MCAD to observe, learn about, and draw. Explore and capture the characteristics and movements of the birds, while learning about essential drawing strategies: contour, continuous line and gesture drawing. Students will learn how to use simple measuring tools to make proportions as accurate as possible. Discover a number of exciting drawing media and see how they differ in their effects: drawing pencils, charcoal and eraser, colored pencils and possibly ink and watercolors. For inspiration, this class will look at historical and contemporary drawings of animals, especially birds, including the work of JJ Audubon. The class will also visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art and learn about, study and draw different kinds of raptor bones, feathers, eggs and raptors from photos. On Friday afternoon, family and friends are invited to to help the class celebrate these important birds by attending an exciting exhibition of the raptor-inspired artwork. / Open to students ages 9-12. 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.

Please note representatives from the Raptor Center will be at MCAD every morning. Schedule will include an hour information and Q&A session about the daily visiting birds and an hour of observational drawing and art-making with birds present.

Need extended care for your child during the day? The Children’s Theatre Company next door offers morning and afternoon care for MCAD camp participants.

What to bring: Please bring a packed lunch, snacks, and a water bottle each day.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity.

Please Register Before: July 22
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 09 SU20
Date Start: 
Monday, July 27, 2020
Date End: 
Thursday, July 31, 0200
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 122
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 9-12
Days of Week: 
Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12