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Explore the galleries, examine specimens, and participate in activities led by museum educators in drawing classes and school vacation programs. Discover some of the wonders of the natural world in out-of-school programs

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DRAWING CLASSES

Come be a part of the museum community. Drawing classes offer kids the opportunity to learn drawing techniques and examine the museum's collections more closely. Classes are taught by educator and artist Erica Beade.

 

 
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CAPTURING BIRDS OF PREY WITH PENCIL AND PAPER
Ages 9–13

Instructor: Erica Beade

Saturday, November 15, 2:00–3:30 pm

Fierce talons, strong beaks, sharp vision? Look closely at hawk, eagle, and owl specimens to discover what makes these birds such excellent hunters. Using specimens in the classroom and galleries, we’ll explore how to capture their forms on paper using realistic drawing techniques.

Fees: $25 members/$30 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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CAPTURING BIG CATS AND DOGS WITH PENCIL AND PAPER
Ages 9–13

Instructor: Erica Beade

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2:00–3:30 PM

Wolves and coyotes, leopards, and lions! Join us to explore the world of big cats and dogs. We will use close observation and various realistic drawing techniques to capture these animals and bring them to life on the page.

Fees: $25 members/$30 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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CAPTURING IMAGINARY ANIMALS WITH PENCIL AND PAPER

Ages 9–13
Instructor: Erica Beade

Saturday, February 28, 2:00–3:30 pm

Bring your creature drawings to life! Participants will invent imaginary animals, using real world animals for inspiration. Looking closely at lions, tigers, and bears (as well as fish, birds, beetles and reptiles), participants will explore imaginative drawing techniques they can use to create a whole world of creatures inspired by nature.
Fees: $25 members/$30 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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ANIMAL ARTISTS
A Four-week Course

Ages 7–11
Instructor: Erica Beade

Four Tuesdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31; 3:40–5:00 pm

Sketch face-to-face with a zebra, ostrich, or tiger and learn to draw animals from the museum’s collections. Students focus on new animals each week and practice using different media. By the end of this four-week course, students will have gained greater confidence in their skills and a new appreciation of the animal world.
Fees: $80 members/$95 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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CAPTURING INSECTS WITH PENCIL AND PAPER

Ages 9–13
Instructor: Erica Beade

Saturday, March 21, 2:00–3:30 pm

Antennae, horns, wings, and compound eyes! Participants will observe the shapes, colors, and patterns seen in a variety of insects and learn some techniques for drawing them realistically in both black/white and color.
Fees: $25 members/$30 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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CAPTURING PREHISTORIC ANIMALS WITH PENCIL AND PAPER

Ages 9–13
Instructor: Erica Beade

Saturday, April 11, 2:00–3:30 pm

Savage Smilodon, dashing Deinonychus, and magnificent Megatherium! Participants will explore prehistoric worlds as they closely observe and sketch the fossil bones of dinosaurs, ice age mammals, and other specimens in the classroom and galleries while also learning realistic drawing techniques.
Fees: $25 members/$30 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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Out-of-School Programs

Looking for activities for your out-of-school program? Explore our offerings here