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Needle Felting Open-Winged Birds: Mauritius Kestrel

Free LIVE Training with
Kiyoshi Mino

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Nov 4, 5, and 6!

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(8-11am PT, 9-12pm MT,
10-1pm CT, 3-6pm GMT)

*This live and free course is available for free only during the live broadcast, and it does not include bonus materials such as supplies list, additional tools and resources, access to the bonus classes, etc.
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About the course

This course will provide students with the knowledge and techniques required to sculpt birds with open wings using wool and felting needle. Students will learn to use basic bird anatomy to construct a bird wing out of individual needle felted wool feathers and they will learn how to increase the detail and realism in all of their needle felt animal sculptures.

During this course you will learn:
  • Use of anatomical measurements and diagrams to construct a wire armature
  • Basic sculpting using wool and felting needle and wire armature
  • Using reference photos and anatomical diagrams
  • Sculpting bird faces
  • Sculpting bird beaks with wool and wire
  • Sculpting bird feet using wire and wool
  • Creating realistic eyes with wool
  • Creating realistic bird feathers with wool
  • Constructing bird wings feather by feather
  • Mixing wool of different colors to obtain wool of a precise color or color combination
  • Use wool of different qualities for different purposes
  • ...and much more!
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About The Instructor

Kiyoshi Mino

I am a needle felt artist based in the Rock Island, IL. I discovered needle felting by accident when my wife and I were attending a year long organic farmer training program before starting our own farm. I immediately fell in love with it. I loved to draw as a kid but had never tried any form of sculpture before. It was very exciting to me to be able to draw in three dimensions with nothing but a needle and a clump of wool. I have always loved animals of all kinds and because wool is a type of animal fur itself, it is the perfect medium for realistically sculpting mammal fur and bird feathers. In my work I focus on wild animal species which I try to render as faithfully as possible. I believe that almost all animals have unique personalities and emotional complexity just like humans and my goal when depicting wild animals is to try and convey this idea by capturing these unique personalities. I have given workshops in the US, China, Chile and the Netherlands. My work has been exhibited in Shanghai, Boston and New York City and featured in Fiber Art Now, Fast Company Design, and New York Magazine. You can see more of my work on my blog (kiyoshimino.blogspot.com) and on instagram (instagram.com/kiyoshiminofelt)
 
*This live and free course is available for free only during the live broadcast, and it does not include bonus materials such as supplies list, additional tools and resources, access to the bonus classes, etc. These perks are only available in the paid version of the course.