March 7th, I’m teaching another in person painting class. This time, it’s a springtime robin. It’s a fat little robin perched on a branch that has buds and blooms just waiting to burst open.

Lately, it’s felt like spring here. It was 76 degrees here yesterday. Which is pretty scary considering it’s still just February. I’ve got daffodils blooming. The willows even have begun to leaf out.

In other words, I’m waiting for the ax to fall. Mother Nature is either going to send us a late winter polar vortex to show us who’s boss or we’re going to literally cook this summer.

A painting of a fat little springtime robin perched on a branch about to burst out with leaves and flowers.

However, I’m enjoying the springlike weather regardless. So is this fat little robin. I haven’t decided if it’s a he or a she. I’m not really sure how to tell on robins, it’s just a Google away though. Maybe the bird is plump from too many worms or maybe it’s full of the light blue eggs we love to see.

For this class I’ve come up with a tracer. A tracer is just a drawing aid that one can use to trace the lines of the subject while using copy paper. That way, if someone thinks they can’t draw a more complex bird such as this robin, I’ve got them covered. You don’t need to know how to draw in order to paint.

A hand drawn sketch of a fat little springtime robin.

My first sketch was a little too much. By that I mean it’s way too detailed, so I scaled it back. Look at the difference between the top sketch and my finished tracer shown below. It’s hard for me to simplify things. I didn’t want to take out what I thought was important details. But I think I’ve left just enough to get the imagination going for the person taking my class.

Speaking of the class, if you’re not local to me but you’d like to take online classes please speak up. If I had enough interest, I’d create online classes. Being a bit of an introvert myself and as someone who never wants to leave her home, I think online classes are ideal. So leave me a comment or drop me an email if an online class would be something you’d see value in.

Also, I have a email list that you can sign up for where I send out emails when I am offering a painting class. Sign up here.

The in person class is being held at Groff Library in Grayville, IL. The cost is $35 and that includes all of the supplies you’ll need. See all of the details below.

Springtime Robin painting and a tracer alongside it.

Learn how to paint this Springtime Robin

March 7  •  6-8 pm

*$35 per person

Join me in person as I show you step by step how to paint this Springtime Robin on canvas. For this class, I’ll be providing a tracer if you want it. (see the tracer above)

I’ll supply everything you need to create and finish your 8″x10″ robin painting on canvas.

Using acrylic paints we’ll work step by step as I show you the process. I’ll teach you how to mix paint to get the colors we need for this painting. Learning how to mix paint is an valuable resource you’ll use over and over.

  • Seating is limited.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • $35 non-refundable fee payable at registration
  • Minimum class size is 5, if minimum class size is not met, you’ll get spot in another one of my classes.
  • Pay by cash, check, credit card, PayPal or Venmo.


* a $1 processing fee for using a credit card, PayPal or Venmo

Option to pay at Groff Library in person ahead of time or mail a check to Jaime Haney, email me for my mailing address.

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Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.

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Learn to paint a springtime robin.

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