‘Drawing Wild’ — Museum Natural History

(2.2) The Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park will be hosting another installment in its ‘Drawing Wild from the Collection’ series this Sunday.

These popular drawing classes give you the opportunity to study and draw details of feathers, beaks and claws from the museum’s large collection of taxidermied specimens in a fun and casual atmosphere.

Classes run from 10:30am to 2:00pm will break at noon for a bring-your-own lunch and informal critique. During each class, instructor Kathy Hodge will explain basic anatomy and offer demonstrations, assistance and advice.

You may bring the medium of your choice — charcoal pencils, graphite, colored pencils, pastels, or watercolor (please, no oils or acrylics). Some drawing supplies will also be available for you to use. All skill levels are welcome to participate, high school age and older. Class size is limited to 12 persons, so sign up early to guarantee your spot.

Seen here is a green sea turtle who I believe has a playing marble for an eye.

Program fee per session: $25 per adult/ $20 for museum members. Pre-registration required. The next session takes place on Saturday, March 7.

Seen far left in the picture below is instructor Kathy Hodge.

Kathy Hodge attended RISD and has a BFA in painting from Swain School of Design. She has been working in oils and charcoal for over 30 years, has exhibited widely and was awarded the 2017 Fellowship in Painting from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Kathy has long taken inspiration from the natural world in her landscape paintings and was appointed Artist in Residence in thirteen of our National Parks and Forests. She first discovered the collections of the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium when taking a museum class and she is very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to draw from the collections.

$25, 10:30am to 2pm, Sunday, February 2, Museum of Natural History, RWP, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, (directions)


The group was engaged in a lunch-cum-critique when I barged in last month. On the right is a Brown Kiwi (Apteryx australis) from New Zealand.


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