Macnamara will be teaching at Ox-Bow In Saugatuck Michigan

July 8-13, 2018.  

Flora and Fauna of Ox-Bow:

Nature Illustration in Watercolor

Flora and Fauna of Ox-Bow: Nature Illustration in Watercolor

  • Sunday, July 8, 201812:00 PM 
    Saturday, July 14, 20181:00 PM

Peggy Macnamara
Painting: 613 001
1 credit hour, 1 week

This all level course concentrates on drawing and painting techniques. Specimens, birds, mammals, and insects from the Chicago Field Museum are provided so that students can draw from life and learn the layering watercolor technique. Field studies are encouraged so students can juxtapose animal life with suitable habitat. Modeling, measuring, building greys and browns, color theory is taught and demonstrated. Watercolor is a versatile medium and explorations of its many possibilities are encouraged.



Peggy Macnamara has been Artist in Residence at the Field Museum in Chicago since 1990. She has published five books; Painting Wildlife published by Watson-Guptill and four others on nests, Illinois insects, migration and the return of the peregrine falcon with University of Chicago Press. She has a book on collections coming out in the Fall of 2017. Peggy is an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches scientific illustration, colored pencil and watercolor techniques. She also lectures and teaches workshops around the country. She has exhibited widely and has work in many collections such as the New York State Museum, Field Museum, Elmhurst Museum, Illinois State Museum, and Woodson Art Museum.

She is the recipient of the Cora Bliss Taylor Fellowship for Distinguished Painters. Cora Bliss Taylor was a beloved watercolor teacher in Saugatuck and at Ox-Bow. Her strong vision and inspiring teaching capabilities le a great impression on her students, and many of her paintings hang in public spaces in Saugatuck/Douglas, providing a visual history of this community. The Taylor Fellowship was established by the Warnock family in 2000 to honor Cora Bliss and has in the past been used to bring eminent Visiting Artists to the Ox-Bow campus including Francois Mechain, Frances Whitehead, Susanna Coey, Ellen Lanyon, Olive Ahyens, Shona MacDonald, and Gladys Nilsson.