Adult Classes

  • 2016 Sep 24

    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 for those interested in keeping field notes or nature journals. All skill levels are welcome. 

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $40 members/$50 nonmembers.

  • 2016 Oct 08

    Drawing the Animals: A Four Week Course

    9:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Four Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, and 29
    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 and then sketch animal specimens in the galleries with support and feedback from the course instructor.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $110 members/$130 nonmembers.

    Advance registration required

  • 2016 Dec 03

    Investigating the Science of Avian Coloration through Observational Drawing

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    The world of birds is full of diverse feather colors that combine to form amazing plumage patterns. How and why do birds achieve these decorative feats? Beginning with a microscopic look at feathers and expanding out to a broad perspective of patterns across bird families, Harvard University evolutionary biologist Allison Shultz will use feather and bird specimens from the University's collections to explore how and why this diversity of forms arose. Artist Erica Beade will show participants how to capture the nuance of avian color and form in their drawings.

  • 2017 Jan 21

    Drawing Butterflies and Moths in Colored Pencil

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Explore the beauty of butterflies and moths! This three-hour workshop will introduce observational drawing techniques with pencil and then dive into colored pencil techniques used to create a rich, vibrant image. All skill levels are welcome.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $45 members/$55 nonmembers

  • 2017 Mar 11

    The Art of Botanical Drawing: A Four Week Course

    9:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Four Saturdays: March 11, 18, 25 and April 1
    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.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $110 members/$130 nonmembers.