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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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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.

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

 

 
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HERPS! THE AMAZING WORLD OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS

Instructor: Joe Martinez

Saturday, February 7, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM

Foot-long frogs, legless lizards, flying geckos, and dwarf chameleons—the array of reptiles and amphibians is both surprising and diverse. Explore the world of herps with Joe Martinez, curatorial assistant in Harvard’s Herpetology Department. Observe specimens that illustrate the defining characteristics scientists use to classify reptiles and amphibians and learn about some of the species that live in New England. Examine a Galápagos tortoise collected the same year that Darwin visited those islands, see a Blanding’s turtle collected by Thoreau, and inspect the fearsome skull of a Komodo dragon during a behind-the scenes tour of Harvard’s herpetology collections.
Fee: $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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BIODIVERSITY IN THE AVIAN WORLD

Instructors: Allison Shultz and Maude Baldwin

Saturday, March 7, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Who would guess that parrots are closely related to songbirds, or that falcons are only distantly related to their look-alikes, hawks and eagles? How is it that hummingbirds have the rare ability (in the avian world) to detect sweet tastes? Explore the newly renovated Birds of the World gallery with Harvard doctoral students Allison Shultz and Maude Baldwin and consider the suite of adaptations that allows birds to live across the globe, even in the most extreme environments. Hear about the role of genomics in deciphering the bird family tree, the surprising relationships this has revealed, and the special abilities birds have evolved that help them exploit their environment.
Fee: $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.