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Art of Earth Summer Hero

Art of the Earth

Natural History Art Classes

We are offering Art of the Earth for Adults starting in January! Enhance your visit with a 60 min art class on select days at the museum for only $3 ($2 members) in addition to museum admission!

Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth we have never seen before: PaleoArt! Learn how to draw a T-rex or Allosaurus using modern models, skeletons, and research. Imagine a mammoth, and learn how artists recreate amazing prehistoric worlds through sculpture, video, painting, and more! Classes are taught by Burpee Museum resident artists. Examine plants, skulls, and animals up close and learn techniques that bring nature to life in your art! Ages 7 & Up.

What to Expect:

Basic supplies are included in the registration fee. Students should feel free to bring personal supplies they like to use. Each class lasts about 1 hour with guided instruction, however students are welcome to stay longer and continue their work.

All sessions are Saturday's 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Preregistration:

Preregistration may be done online through eventbrite, or by calling Burpee's visitor services department (815-965-3433). Walk-ins are welcome to attend as well.

  • Nonmember Adults (13+): $15 ($12 admission + $3 class fee)
  • Nonmember Youth (4-12): $13 ($10 admission + $3 class fee)
  • Members: $2 ($0 admission + $2 class fee)
Sessions for Kids (7+)
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King's Court
In the King's Court

January 14th

We all know T-rex as a formidable predator, but what was it like when it wasn’t hunting? In this class we’ll go over how artists interpret fossils to create a clearer picture of the life and times of the Tyrant King.

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Raptor attack
Dinosaur Courtship

February 4th

Romance isn’t just for humans. Learn about the weird and wonderful ways paleontologists think dinosaurs wowed potential partners.

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dactyls
Dynamic Dactyls

March 4th

Horrid Harpies or Serene Soarers? Reconstruct their true nature and variety as one of the most unique animal groups in the history of Planet Earth!

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Terror Birds
Early Birds

March 5th

While pterosaurs were dominating the skies of the Mesozoic, another group of small predatory reptiles were also casting themselves into the air. Join us to learn about and reconstruct the wonderful world of ancient birds!

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Prehysterics
Prehysterics: PaleoArt Gone Wrong

April 1st

Take a journey on the winding road of the history of paleontology and paleoart, inhabited by one-eyed giants, battling sea serpents, reptilian rhinos, compies with flippers, and many, many more! Art by Edward Drinker Cope (1869)

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Recent Departures
Recent Departures

May 6th

When people think of extinction they often think of the distant past, however there are many species that have gone extinct even within just the past hundred years. We’ll look at tactics artists use to get around pitfalls to bring life to the recent past!

Sessions for Adults
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King's Court
In the King's Court

January 21st

We all know T-rex as a formidable predator, but what was it like when it wasn’t hunting? In this class we’ll go over how artists interpret fossils to create a clearer picture of the life and times of the Tyrant King.

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Raptor attack
Dinosaur Courtship

February 11th

Romance isn’t just for humans. Learn about the weird and wonderful ways paleontologists think dinosaurs wowed potential partners.

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dactyls
Dynamic Dactyls

March 11th

Horrid Harpies or Serene Soarers? Reconstruct their true nature and variety as one of the most unique animal groups in the history of Planet Earth!

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Terror Birds
Early Birds

March 12th

While pterosaurs were dominating the skies of the Mesozoic, another group of small predatory reptiles were also casting themselves into the air. Join us to learn about and reconstruct the wonderful world of ancient birds!

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Prehysterics
Prehysterics: PaleoArt Gone Wrong

April 8th

Take a journey on the winding road of the history of paleontology and paleoart, inhabited by one-eyed giants, battling sea serpents, reptilian rhinos, compies with flippers, and many, many more! Art by Edward Drinker Cope (1869)

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Recent Departures
Recent Departures

May 13th

When people think of extinction they often think of the distant past, however there are many species that have gone extinct even within just the past hundred years. We’ll look at tactics artists use to get around pitfalls to bring life to the recent past!

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