Brushes and Birds Series

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Brushes and Birds

Flock to the National Aviary's newest live online series; pick up a paint brush and create your own masterpiece! Learn how to paint a portrait via Zoom with an appearance from a live bird under the direction of local artist Maria DeSimone Prascak of Maria's Ideas;

Each session date is set; the live bird model will be announced seasonally.  Stay tuned to the National Aviary's social media accounts and for the unveiling of each new portrait!  Book all three 2020 classes now for a savings, and to ensure you get a virtual seat, as space is limited.  Material kits are available for purchase, or you may provide your own art supplies.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Live Bird: Red, the Scarlett Macaw (see above!)

    • Date: July 18th 

    • 11:00am-12:30pm

Book all three classes and save!  When booking select the July 18th date and choose the 3 Part Series Package to recieve an exclusive discount!

  • Fall Season: 

    • Live Bird: Red-billed Hornbill

    • Date: October 3rd

    • 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Holiday Season

    • Live Bird: African Penguin

    • Date: December 19th

    • 11:00am-12:30pm


  • Per Class (Per Person)

    • Members $23

    • Non-Members $25

  • Per Series (Per Person)

    • $65

Material Kits

Material kits include canvas, paint, brushes and paint pots.  Kits can be picked up at the National Aviary one week before the session or shipped to your location!  Shipped material kits must be purchased by July 10th.

  • Per Class (Per Person) $20

  • Per Series (Per Person) $55 


After booking your session, you will recevie a Zoom link to a live virtual class 48 hours beforehand.  Maria will be available virtually during the class to answer questions and walk you through each design step!

Please email with questions.

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National Aviary 700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212