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Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Memory Palace Books & Bird Totem Spirits

  • Ruffner Mountain 1214 81st Street South Birmingham, AL, 35206 United States (map)
Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one consciously, by means of external signs, hands on to others feelings that one has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them. 
Leo Tolstoy

In this workshop participants will experiment with cutting, folding and collaging, and not so simple sewing/attaching to create a wonderful re-imagined sculptural (small book) out of paper and a found object. Doug Baulos will talk about how to quickly identify birds at Ruffner both through silhouette and marking. We will create small bird spirit books to record observations and memories and cement knowledge of bird forms.

This workshop is 5.5 hours total.

*Materials to be provided, but please bring:

  • a pencil
  • a ruler
  • scissors
  • a sack lunch
  • suitable hiking clothes
  • any additional collage or paper ephemera you enjoy working with (optional)
  • binoculars (optional)

Douglas Pierre Baulos is the Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the curriculum director at Studio by the Tracks. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He regularly teaches workshops and lectures on his research in book arts, drawing and visual ecology. In 2009 Baulos won the President’s Award For Excellence In Teaching at UAB. Learn more about Doug's work here: https://dougbaulos.com/

Registration is required for this program.


As a nonprofit nature preserve, many of Ruffner Mountain's free public programs have limited capacity. For this reason, we ask that you give advanced notice if your plans change and you are unable to attend this program. We will make your space available for another participant.

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