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Explore the museum's collections more closely with a drawing course or workshop on topics in natural history

 
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DRAWING THE ANIMALS
A Three-week Course

Instructor: Erica Beade

Three Saturdays: October 18, 25, November 1
 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Through observational drawing students will learn basic drawing skills they can continue to improve on their own. Participants will practice techniques in the classroom followed by sketching animal specimens in the galleries, with support and feedback from the course instructor.

Fee: $95 members/$110 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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MAMMALS
A Sketching Workshop

Instructor: Erica Beade

Saturday, November 15, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM

Learn to capture mammals with pencil and paper in this hands-on workshop that will focus on a wide variety of specimens from the museum’s collections. Explore step-by-step methods for developing your mammal sketch, techniques for achieving greater accuracy and for capturing depth, volume, and texture. All skill levels are welcome.
Photo of ferret: L T Stearns

Fee: $35 members/$40 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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THE ART OF DRAWING BIRDS

Instructor: Erica Beade

Saturday, January 10, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Learn to capture birds with pencil and paper in this hands-on workshop. Explore avian anatomy by drawing birds, discover step-by-step methods for developing bird sketches, and master techniques for capturing feather textures and achieving greater accuracy. Discuss tips for field sketching, a particularly useful skill for birders and those interested in keeping field notes or nature journals. All skill levels are welcome.
Fees: $35 members/$40 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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DRAWING FROM THE IMAGINATION

Instructor: Erica Beade

Saturday, February 28, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Why should kids have all the fun? Using the diversity of forms, colors, and textures in the museum's collections for inspiration, participants will explore a variety of techniques for unleashing the imagination through the drawing process. The initial focus will be on drawing imaginative creatures, but there will be plenty of opportunity to take the subject matter in new directions based on individual interest. All skill levels welcome.
Fees: $35 members/$40 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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THE ART OF BOTANICAL DRAWING
A Four-week Course

Instructor: Erica Beade

Four Saturdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25; 9:30-11:30 am

Explore the beauty and variety of plant forms using pencil, watercolor, and colored pencil. This four-week course will introduce botanical drawing techniques through close observation and practice with contour, gesture, foreshortening, shading, and color. All skill levels are welcome.
Fees: $95 members/$110 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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SKETCHING TREES

Instructor: Erica Beade

Saturday, May 2, 9:00–11:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge

Explore an amazing variety of tree forms using pencil and paper in beautiful Mount Auburn Cemetery. Students will focus on capturing the shapes and volume of trunks and branches and on learning techniques for drawing foliage. All skill levels are welcome.
Fees: $35 members/$40 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.