Patterns Across Nature – Drawing Class with Rachel Mirus
February 2, 2023 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM$95
Patterns Across Nature
A four-part drawing class | Thursday evenings in February at North Branch Nature Center | 14 participants
6:30 – 8:30 pm | February 2, 9, 16, and 23
$95 | Financial support available (email us to inquire)
Beautiful spirals, spots, and stripes recur throughout the natural world, but where do they come from and why do they turn up so often? This course mixes observational and creative drawing to explore common natural patterns, starting with sketching exercises to build the observation skills that are foundational for both artists and naturalists, then moving into playful and imaginative art making. Using a selection of beginner-friendly media, we will explore symmetry in animal bodies, spirals from shells to spider webs, spots and stripes as decorations, and branching fractals.
About Rachel: Rachel Sargent Mirus is a freelance teaching artist and science writer. Her art interests focus on drawing and painting from nature and she has written on subjects ranging from climate change to spider webs. Originally trained in molecular biology, she has worked in research labs and museums across the country. Museums where she has taught include the California Academy of Sciences, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and in Vermont at the Montshire and Fairbanks Museums. Rachel has also taught several online art courses with North Branch Nature Center. More information can be found on her website: Rachel’s Cybercabinet of Natural Curiosities.
“Some artist-teachers demonstrate their skills and the student sees amazing work. But they’re not able to explain how they got their results. Rachel is skilled at both drawing and teaching how to draw.”
“Rachel is a skillful drawer and she has a great sense for detail. She was attentive and very engaging, from mindfulness conversations to the execution of new methods. In this group, there were many people from different levels, beginners to prolific artists, and Rachel did very well to give everyone a voice, to engage and to answer all the questions.”