Join Trinidadian artist Edward Rooks for a week of wildlife and creativity at the Asa Wright Nature Centre.
Indulge your creative side with a special art and nature learning vacation this June! Going a step beyond our well-known Trinidad tropical nature and birding tours, Caligo Ventures has designed an in-depth summer session with June’s Artist in Residence Edward Rooks to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Asa Wright Nature Centre.
What better way to see the natural world with fresh eyes than from an artist’s perspective? Witness all the complexity of a tropical forest from a bird’s eye point of view, as you perch this June on the famous Asa Wright Nature Centre verandah, looking down on feeders full of hummingbirds and honeycreepers, or off to tropical vistas for bellbirds, manakins, trogons, toucans, and more! Explore the intricate and specialized details of plant, insect, and bird life along the Centre’s trails, keeping an eye peeled for some of the 617 species of Trinidadian butterflies (one of Edward’s specialties). Then develop your field sketching abilities with an experienced instructor as you learn to translate the signature birds and landscapes of the Centre into your own artistic vision.
Edward Rooks, an expert naturalist guide and well-known artist, will spend the week of June 24 – 30, 2017 at the Centre, along with his wife, Janice Edgerly-Rooks, a biology professor at Santa Clara University in the California Bay Area. Edward Rooks knows the natural history of the Centre like the back of his hand — he grew up on Trinidad in a family of three generations of naturalists.
After college, Edward served as a nature guide at the Asa Wright Nature Centre and director of the Centre’s William Beebe Tropical Research Station (where he met his wife Janice!) before emigrating to the United States in 1986.
Edward’s inspired illustrations appear in biological journals, nature magazines, booklets, newsletters, and calendars. He also teaches workshops on sketching birds, with an emphasis on helping aspiring artists develop their abilities. His favorite medium is acrylics; he also enjoys drawing in pencil and pen and ink and he frequently does watercolors and scratchboard. Edward’s art is inspired by a deep love for and understanding of ecology, with a special emphasis on birds and butterflies.
Learn skills of an artist and naturalist as you experience natural Trinidad through an artist’s eyes. Examine natural history at many levels, and if you wish, explore your own artistic abilities. Over the course of a week in Trinidad, venture out on Centre trails and off-site field trips, watch an artist at work, learn the elements of seeing the world with an artistic eye, and try your hand at a drawing or painting. During the evenings you can enjoy a night walk to find owls and tarantulas, and listen to talks by Edward about his life and work.
The tradition of art at Asa Wright Nature Centre is storied. Edward follows in the tradition of treasured bird artists like Don Eckelberry. Experienced and beginning birders and artists alike will find much to learn and absorb on this unique birding and art workshop.