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Online Course: Drawing Nature with Rachel Mirus

October 6 @ 12:00 AM - November 30 @ 11:30 PM


Nature Now Online Courses with NBNC | Drawing Nature: Scientific Illustration & Observation to Inspire Art
Instructed by Rachel Mirus
October – November | $60-75
(NBNC members/nonmembers)

Course Description

Close observation can inspire wonderful works of imagination. This course will begin with observational drawing, which combines visual observation and drawing technique to build the keen observation skills foundational for both artists and naturalists. Using example plant and animal groups, we will review growth and body patterns, learning through drawing. We will introduce field sketching, grayscale and color drawing, and watercolor layer technique. The course will culminate with examples and projects in imaginative nature art, launching you into your own nature illustrating journey!

About the Instructor

Rachel Mirus is a teaching artist and science writer. Her art interests focus on drawing and painting from nature following the traditions of natural history illustration. She has written on subjects ranging from climate change to gene therapy. Originally trained in molecular biology, she has worked in research labs and museums across the country. She has taught at the California Academy of Sciences, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and in Vermont at the Montshire and Fairbanks Museums. Locally, she teaches for MakerSphere, Radiate Art Space, the Waterbury Grange, and leads nature study for the CBMS climbing club. More information can be found on her website: Rachel’s Cybercabinet of Natural Curiosities.

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About Nature Now Online Courses by North Branch Nature Center

Each course spans two months, and comprises four units delivered as content bundles every 2 weeks. Each course contains 7-8 hours of content, excluding assignments and readings. Students can engage in the course content at their own pace, and on their own schedule. Each unit bundle contains:

  • A recorded video lecture on the unit topic.
  • Assignments and “field challenges,” to engage in the course content.
  • Readings and resources to dive deeper into the subject matter.
  • A live videoconference session with the instructor to further explore unit materials, hear from guest speakers, answer student questions, or debrief field assignments. These sessions will be recorded for those unable to join live.

When can I take the course?

You may take the course alongside an online community during the first two months that the course is offered, or you can take the course independently at any time. Students enrolled in the course during the first two months will have the benefit of accessing live videoconference sessions, but recordings of all live components are made available to all students thereafter.

When does my course start?

If you are enrolled in the course before the launch of the course, you can expect to receive access to the first unit bundle in the first full week of the course. If you enroll in the course any time after the beginning of the course window, you will receive instructions to access all course materials shortly after registering.


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October 6 @ 12:00 AM
November 30 @ 11:30 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602