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Art of the Earth

Natural History Art Classes

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!

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.

The Same curriculum is repeated twice each day:

  • Session #1 @ 11am
  • Session #2 @ 1pm

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

  • Adults: $15 ($12 admission + $3 class fee)
  • Children 7-12: $13 ($10 admission + $3 class fee)
  • Members: $2 ($0 admission + $2 class fee)
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Turtles: Modern & Prehistoric

Thursday, June 16

Turtles are one of the coolest, yet bizarrest creatures! Creating a hard shell for which it can hide its internal organs as well as pull its neck and head into is unique to turtles. Join this class and learn how artists recreate these weird critters.

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Crested Cretaceous

Thursday, June 30

Making Lambeosaurine Masks! Learn about crested hadrosaurs and the bizarre ideas about why they evolved their head ornaments that informed their depictions in paeolart's past. Make and color a mask of your own based on the idea of species recognition.

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Ice Age

Saturday, July 9

How does science inform art? Evidence suggests Smilodon used social behaviors based on recent studies. Brain anatomy of a related sabertooth indicates that they were diurnal (active during the day), unlike many modern cats. How would you draw smilodon?

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Jurassic Giants

Thursday, July 28

The Biomechanics of GIANTS! Brachiosaurus likely held its head more like a giraffe whereas Diplodocus held its head closer to the ground. How do scientist know? How were they able to move such huge bodies and how do artists attempt to recreate them?