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Naturalist Studies: Eggs & Feathers with Melanie Lan

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Friday, April 28, 5:00 - 6:30pm PST

During my residency in Iceland I developed a fascination for arctic seabirds and their eggs. The abundance of speckles, the variations in size, and the beautiful markings on the eggs and feathers inspired me to observe nature more closely. This workshop is an introduction to naturalist illustration where we'll be practicing common watercolor techniques such as wet into wet, layering, glazing, and more. We'll be honing our technique and learning how to paint with precision!

Note: Watercolor Brushwork Basics or familiarity with watercolor is highly recommended but not required!

Join zoom 15 minutes early (4:45pm) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 5:05pm PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • All your favorite colors! Various shades of neutrals and earth colors are lovely, but bright ones like fluorescent colors will work great too!

  • Water
  • Brushes - the tiniest brush you have for details! Preferably a size 0 or 000. Have a couple larger brushes (2-8) for larger swatches.

  • Mixing palette or enamel tray (if you don't have a fancy mixing palette, a ceramic dish or plate also works!)

  • Watercolor paper

  • Extra paper for swatching colors and sketching on the side

  • Pencil + eraser

  • Optional: real egg shells and feathers would be wonderful to reference if you've got them, but absolutely not necessary! Reference photos will be provided!



Melanie is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her MFA in painting at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and is interested in the intersection of wellness, mental health, and the creative process. In her free time Melanie is a selenophile who loves painting, cooking, hiking, reading, and learning fun animal acts.

View more of Melanie’s work at and Instagram: @melanie.lan


All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the session.

*Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Email if you would like to request a spot. Free spots are first come, first serve.

**If you’d like to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open up the spot! We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the session.

***Links to sessions will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the session; please check out using the email to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the session, please check your spam folder first and email


Thank you so much for taking our workshops. We do ask if you are planning on teaching in the future by using anything you’ve learned from us, to please credit Case for Making + the individual instructor where applicable.