Arts and Birding

Drawing and Sketching Birds and Nature

All participants must agree to the COVID-19 Camp Guidelines - please read before registering.

June 20-25, 2021
Only the Sketching/Painting Session will be offered in 2021.

SOLD OUT - Waitlist

Scholarships available, apply here.

Find creative inspiration on Maine’s stunningly beautiful rocky coast, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and rhythms of life on an island. Arts and Birding brings together people at all artistic levels who share an enthusiasm for birds and nature, and invites you to learn, explore and grow in a fun and supportive environment.

This program includes birding adventures, as well as in-depth skill sessions on sketching/painting birds and nature taught by some of country’s best artists and nature sketchers.

We’ll explore the island’s spruce forest, tide pools, and striking vistas, and take a boat trip to Eastern Egg Rock to see Atlantic puffins. You’ll also have longer blocks of time to explore and sketch on your own using the island and its many resources for inspiration.

Daily skill building sessions will cover techniques for drawing and watercolor painting, with a focus on birds, landscapes, and nature journaling. Most participants use portable field sketching supplies like pencil/pen, watercolor, or colored pencil. People of all skill levels are welcome.

For 2021, the camp will be split into two small cohorts. This will allow for more one-on-one instruction and better ways to social distance.

See sample schedule for 2021.

Prices: Below are listed per person prices that include meals, housing, instruction, and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club to see if scholarships are available.

$1445 Standard Room - twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$1645 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath
$1745 Osprey Room, 2 twin beds, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)

Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp program manager at or (207) 360-7733. Additional information can be found on the lodging and frequently asked questions page.

Please note that there are NO prerequisites for these programs and less experienced/enthusiastic spouses/friends are more than welcome to enroll in all sessions!

Arts & Birding Director
Jean MackayArtist and Educator, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, National Park Service

2021 Instructors
Barry Van Dusen, Artist
Sean MurthaArtist
Sherrie YorkArtist and Educator

Guest Lecturer
Eric SnyderTodd Wildlife Santuary Facilities ManagerSeabird Institute

NOTE: Audubon reserves the right to alter itineraries, instructors and particular arrangements, or to substitute similar itineraries or arrangements, at no penalty. If Audubon cancels a session, it will issue full refunds of all deposits or payments to the paid participants.


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