Adult Education

Throughout the year, we offer educational and art classes that are geared towards adults! Sign up to socialize and learn among the Preserve.


Natural Science Illustration Workshop Series

Adults interested in quality time in the field and studio will have the opportunity to work with award-winning naturalist artist, Christy Knight, at Blue Heron Nature Preserve. All levels of experience and ages 18+ are welcome! A small list of basic art supplies will be provided upon registration in a workshop. 

Each class is $50.00 and are limited to 10 participants per class.

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Sign up for any of our 2018 classes:

The Wildflower Diaries I

September 16th, 1pm - 4pm
Medium: Colored Pencil
Document the riot of color blooming at Blue Heron from late summer to early fall.  

Following is a list of suggested materials to take to class, but please use what works best for your needs as an artist. All can be found at Binder’s, Michael’s or Dick Blick art supply. 

80 lb. or higher drawing paper, hot pressed (smooth)

Drawing board

Clips or tape to affix paper to board

Graphite drawing pencils in HB, 2B or F lead 

Kneaded eraser

12 colored pencil set or more, prisma color recommended brand


The Wildflower Diaries II 

October 21st, 1pm - 4pm
Medium: Watercolor
Document the riot of color blooming at Blue Heron from late summer to early fall.  You do not have to have attended the first course to participate.

Following is a list of suggested materials to take to class, but please use what works best for your needs as an artist. All can be found at Binder’s, Michael’s or Dick Blick art supply. 

140 lb. watercolor paper, hot pressed (smooth) in a comfortable size to fit your drawing board

Drawing board

Clips or tape to affix paper to board

Graphite drawing pencils in HB, 2B or F lead

Kneaded eraser

 Small watercolor tube or pan paints (Winsor & Newton recommended brand) including (or as close as possible to) these colors:

French Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean Blue

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red

Permanent Magenta

Cadmium Yellow

Lemon Yellow

a palette for mixing paint that can be carried- a plastic egg carton is good!

#1 and #3 round brushes, (Kolinsky sable recommended--will last forever!)

As brands tend to change the names of hues, please feel free to call or text Christy with any questions about supplies at 404 217-2021.


A Natural History of Color

November 11th, 1pm - 4pm
Medium: Egg Tempera
Try this art process the masters used as we explore pigments from around the world. 


The Language of Line

January 27th, 1pm - 4pm
Medium: Pen and Ink
Capture the essence of natural subjects utilizing techniques in Chinese Inkbrush, Micron and Quill Pens. 


Drawing Birds 101

April 28th, 1 - 4pm

Part of Atlanta Audubon's Nature Sketching Series


This workshop will teach you essential techniques for ornithological illustration. Instructor, Christy Knight will share stories from her years of experience as a natural science illustrator while guiding artists in graphite and colored pencil mediums, working from mounted and preserved specimens to create accurate, lively drawings.

Registration for this course will be available in April 2019 through Atlanta Audubon.


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About the Instructor:

Christy Knight, who has facilitated the artistic development of so many of our young neighbors through her after school art program at Blue Heron, is turning her attention to adults.

An award-winning naturalist illustrator, Christy has years of experience teaching techniques and skills to help any adult hone their skills as a natural science illustrator.

Engaging and fun for adults of all ability levels, Christy’s program will make sure every participant receives both group and individual support.