Nature Art Hero

Art of the Earth

Natural History Art Classes

Enhance your visit with a 60 min art class on Select Saturdays at the museum for only $3 ($2 members)!

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. Because admission is included in class fee, students should feel free to remain and explore the museum after class!

The Same curriculum is repeated twice each day

Session #1 @ 11am

Session #2 @ 1pm


Admission is included in the registration fee.  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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Green River
Decoding Dakota

April 9 @ 11am & 1pm

...and other Fossil Mummies. Look at examples of soft tissue fossilization, learn how it happens, and what it can tell us about how animals looked and may have lived.

Monsters in Motion

April 23 @ 11am & 1pm

Learning Animation with Dinosaurs. Using animation, we’ll look at how living animals move to try to understand how dinosaurs may also have moved.

mystery dino
Build Your Own Dino

May 7 @ 11am & 1pm

Speculative Evolution, Biology, and Behavior Your mission is to provide sketches of at least one of unknown creature, explain survival, and behavior.

colorful dino?
Drawing Didelphodon

May 28 @ 11am & 1pm

Explore the anatomy of this non-marsupial & see how that affects its reconstruction! Sketch shade and learn about its powerful bite while drawing it’s mandible!