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Online Course: Drawing on Creativity with Rachel Mirus

March 7, 2021 @ 12:00 AM - 12:30 AM


Drawing on Creativity: Nature Art Beyond Imagination
Instructed by Rachel Mirus
$60 or $75 with live videoconference session access
March – April |
Begins March 7

Observing nature has inspired many artistic flights of imagination. This course will use nature study through observational drawing to learn about a selection of familiar animals, from birds to beetles. From that foundation, we will follow in the footsteps of scientific illustrators and storytellers to invent our own reconstructions of vanished animals like the dinosaurs or our own versions of folk animals like the jackalope. Along the way we will cover field sketching, adding color to drawings, watercolor gradients, and more. Come learn to fuel your imagination with your love of nature!

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. Rachel also instructed the Drawing Nature online course with NBNC.



March 7, 2021
12:00 AM - 12:30 AM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602