Upcoming Events

  • Aug 03

    Summer Science Week: Animal Naturalists

    Aug 03, 9:30am to Aug 07, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Two sections: one for children entering grades 4-5 and one for children entering grades 6-8

    Combine your love of animals and drawing in this art and science program. With a museum educator, investigate the lives of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. With artist Erica Beade, draw animals from the exhibitions and classroom and practice various drawing techniques. 

    Monday–Friday, August 3-7, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

  • Sep 19

    Exploring Science Together: Owls!

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Study the secretive world of owls! Learn together with hands-on activities about bird beaks and feet and do up-close observation of real specimens from our museum collections. Learn about the specific owl adaptations that make them the incredible nocturnal predators they are by investigating real feathers and bones! Dig even deeper by dissecting real owl pellets to learn the identity of an owl’s midnight snack. Listen carefully as you learn to identify owls by call.

  • Oct 17

    Drawing the Animals: A Four-Week Course

    9:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Four Saturdays: October 17, 24, 31 and November 7
    9:30 to 11:30 am

    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.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $110 members/$130 nonmembers. Advance registration required.

  • Oct 24

    Capturing Skeletons with Pencil and Paper

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Ages 9-13

    Get ready for Halloween by looking up close at real animal skeletons! Participants will explore a variety of different animal bones, learn why bones are important, and practice realistic drawing techniques for capturing them on paper.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $25 members/$35 nonmembers. Advance registration required.

  • Nov 07

    Capturing Birds of Prey with Paper and Pencil

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Ages 9-13

    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.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $25 members/$35 nonmembers. Advance registration required.

  • Nov 14

    What Makes a Snake a Snake?

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Using specimens from the collections in the Herpetology department at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, curatorial assistant Joe Martinez will help participants discover the major characters that define snakes and show how they differ from other limbless animals. Participants will examine local and exotic snakes to see their adaptations for protection, procuring food, and living in a variety of habitats; afterward, depending on personal preference, they will have the opportunity to observe—or even handle—a live snake!

  • Nov 14

    Exploring Science Together: The Ice Age!

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Come investigate the Ice Age! Learn together with hands-on glacier demonstrations and activities, as well as real geologic clues about New England’s icy past. Examine the world of ice age animals by handling real fossils and exploring our collection of enormous Cenozoic Mammals. Step into the world of ice age man by creating your own Paleolithic cave art. All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for elementary age students and their families to participate in together.

  • Dec 05

    Capturing Fur, Feathers, and Scales with Pencil and Paper

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Ages 9-13

    Which animals are covered in feathers, fur, or scales? Participants will explore the subject by looking closely at a variety of specimens in the classroom and galleries, and learn how to capture these different animals and textures on paper using realistic drawing techniques.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $25 members/$35 nonmembers. Advance registration required.

  • Jan 30

    The Art of Drawing Birds

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    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.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

  • Feb 27

    Butterflies and Moths Color Workshop

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Observe and draw the beauty of butterflies and moths in this three-hour color workshop. This program will introduce some observational drawing techniques with pencil, and then delve into colored pencils to create a rich, vibrant image. All skill levels are welcome.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $40 members/$50 nonmembers. Advance registration required.

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