Glastonbury Arts

Learn to paint backyard wildlife with Bivenne Staiger

Learn how to paint backyard wildlife among the new spring flowers and foliage. The burst of life that comes with Spring can be so much fun to paint, and it’s generally easier to do than you might think. An ability to draw is very helpful for this workshop but you don’t necessarily need to know how to paint because each stage of the painting process is demonstrated with lots of individual attention given between each step.

You are invited to a hands-on experience where you will discover the spontaneity of watercolor and how to control it. Learn about saturated colors, values, painting negative spaces and how to produce textures that bring a subject to life. Bivenne requests that if you have a particular backyard animal or flower that you wish to paint, please bring a photo reference to the workshop. Bring a basic sketch pad or some scrap watercolor paper for sketches and for trying out ideas.

Saturday, April 2, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Please plan to arrive at 9:00 am so that the workshop can start promptly at 9:30 am.  There will be a lunch break from 12:00 to 12:30 so bring lunch, a drink and snack.

Fee: $95 ($85 for Glastonbury Arts Members) | Materials List | Register for this Workshop

Bivenne Staiger, House Finch, watercolor

Bivenne Staiger, House Finch, watercolor.


Bivenne Staiger is a classically trained artist and former textile designer who is drawn to the subject of flowers, trees, and animals, especially birds. Through her painting, Bivenne shares her love for birds and nature, light, and pattern. She is an elected artist member of the Salmagundi Club, American Artists Professional League, and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City. She has also served as the Vice President of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and President of the Art Guild of Middletown. She enjoys painting from her own inspiration and welcomes commissions.