Upcoming Programs & Exhibits at The Nature Museum at Grafton

During all January and February weekends, The Nature Museum will host a Nature Drawing Open House that will feature different creatures from the Museum's collections.

From insects to bobcats, from Great Horned Owl to an extinct bird - each will sit still for aspiring artists to draw. Whether it's the whole family or an individual seeking quiet time, the museum will supply paper, pencils, and clipboards and is eager to try to satisfy requests for specific animals or specimens.

Artists may take their work home or display it at the museum's Annual Community Nature Art Show opening on Feb. 27. Each Open House is free to members; for non-members the regular admission charge applies.

On Jan. 16, Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Botanical Drawing: Nature Up Close will be offered to individuals age 8 and up. The course - free to museum members and $15 for non-members - will be taught by museum Director of Education Betsy Bennett Stacey, who has a degree in Studio Art and has taught courses in nature journaling, beginning watercolor, and beginning drawing.

The course is designed for amateurs who want to practice and hone their nature-drawing skills and for beginners who want to learn the basics of a skill that could become a lifetime hobby or profession. The class will include drawing from fresh specimens, photographs, and items from the museum's collections. It will focus on botanical sketching, scientific drawing, and techniques to heighten observation skills, coupled with individual instruction.

For more information visit www.nature-museum.org or call 843-2111.

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