Feathers Have a Calming Effect

Feathers Have a Calming Effect

Each time I offer Drawing and Painting Feathers, students tell me that the process of painting feathers helps them relax. Actually, in some cultures, ( i.e. Native American) feathers are believed to have healing properties.
I ask each student to pick a feather that resonates with them. They then learn the various parts of the feather: quill, rachis, barbs, proximal and distal barbules, plumaceousbarbs, etc. Once familiar with the anatomy, they proceed to transfer their drawing onto watercolor paper and begin the painting process.
Feathers Have a Calming EffectFeathers Have a Calming Effect
Even those that have little to no experience with watercolors, feel a measure of success in painting feathers and find it very satisfying and calming.