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Duck drawing workshop lands at Explorit

This article appeared in the July 12, 2013 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lisa Justice 

Special to the Enterprise  

Aspiring wildlife artists will have a chance to participate in very special duck drawing workshops with Sabreena Britt of the California Waterfowl Association at Explorit Science Center on Saturday, July 20.  Sabreena will host four 30-minute workshops at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15.

The California Waterfowl Association is a state-wide non-profit dedicated to conserving California’s wetlands and the birds that call them home while supporting the state’s hunting heritage.  The CWA is also a supporter of Explorit’s current exhibition Beautiful World: Science and Art through their loan of several duck specimens on display in Explorit’s gallery.

CWA’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.  Sabreena 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 and CWA’s Junior Duck Stamp Program.  The Junior Duck Stamp program is a national waterfowl drawing competition for students kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Sabreena will also 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 August 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 life-long 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.  You can 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 five dollars per person, and free for members and children two 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 explorit@explorit.org.

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!

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Explorit’s events:

• Saturday, July 20 Sabreena Britt of the California Waterfowl Association will lead four 30 minute drawing workshops at Explorit at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15.  Free with paid admission to the museum 

• Sunday, August 18 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.: Explorit’s Final Blast Family Fun Science Show. Witness chemical genius as UCD faculty provide live chemistry demonstrations, take a ride on a Whymcycle and cool off with a smoothie from Jamba Juice. Try you hand at creating art with a scientific twist and practicing science through art.  Tickets are available now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/405671 

Space is limited so, buy your tickets today for a fun filled afternoon at Explorit. 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org.  You can also “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow us on twitter at @ExploritScience.

 
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