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 11:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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+)
Cave Art

December 2

Explore and learn about cave paintings: and go over how and why people made the art, and what it tells us about the artists. And take home the art you make!

Early Animal Carvings

December 16

Examine and learn about how early animal carvings were made, out of what materials, and why.  You will  paint models of the carvings to take home with you!

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