Art Of The Earth

Natural History Art Classes

Enhance your visit with a 60-minute 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! Burpee Museum resident artists teach classes. 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 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  (Recommended 7+)
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Ichthyosaurs: The Fish Lizards

May 25

Ichthyosaurs are a spectacular group of aquatic reptiles, and have been studied for over 100 years by paleontologists! Come find out about the incredible legacy of these reptiles and come home with an amazing craft! Students will be using rubbing plates of ichthyosaur skeletons to make your own Ichthyosaur reconstructions!

Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth we have never seen before: Paleoart! 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!

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Mosasaurs: These be Sea Serpents

June 8

These marine reptiles are as close as it gets to real sea serpents! Mosasaurs were an incredibly diverse and successful group of reptiles with some interesting modern relatives. Come make your own mosasaur hand puppet and meet one of the living relatives of these ancient reptiles!

Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth we have never seen before: Paleoart!  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!

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Plesiosaurs: Flying through the Water

June 22

Plesiosaurs are among the most famous mesozoic reptiles, and were some of the most successful marine reptiles of all time! While often mistaken for dinosaurs these animals are from a whole other group, learn more and paint your own Plesiosaur at Art of the Earth!

Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth we have never seen before: Paleoart!  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!

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Dromaeosaurs: Dinosaur Detectives

July 6

Dromaeosaurs, often called raptors, are some of the most famous dinosaurs! Their unique feet left equally unique footprints! But what can footprints really tell us about these animals? find out at Art of The Earth!

Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth we have never seen before: Paleoart!  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!

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Amphibians: Astoundingly Amphibians

July 20

Amphibians are among the most enduring animals on this planet, and have had some serious high points in their time on earth! Temnospondyls are a now extinct group of amphibians that were once wildly successful, and some got truly huge! Learn more about the lost amphibians and come home with your own model and display of an astounding amphibian!

Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth we have never seen before: Paleoart!  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!

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