WELCOME

Hi, I'm Erica Beade, an illustrator and educator offering observational drawing classes in and around Cambridge, MA. View a full list of my classes or learn a little more about me and my approach. Thanks for visiting!


Observational Drawing Classes for Kids & Adults

CLASSES

UPCOMING SKETCHING WORKSHOPS

    Sketching Workshops • In addition to my usual outdoor sketching workshops in the late spring and summer, I'm going to be offering some indoor sketching in the fall and winter this year, in the Cambridge area. The cost is $40. These sketching workshops are independently offered, unlike the more formal museum classes, so please contact me directly with any questions or to sign up.

  • Capturing Texture with Pencil at the Peabody Museum: Wednesday, November 4 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Sketching Birds with Colored Pencil at the Harvard Museum of Natural History: Wednesday, December 2 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY CLASSES FOR KIDS
  • "Capturing Animals with Pencil and Paper" Series • Single classes. To begin again on October 24, 2015 with "Capturing Skeletons"  >> view all classes in this series
HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY CLASSES FOR ADULTS
  • Drawing Animals • Four Saturdays • October 17, 24, 31 & November 7, 2015  >> view full details
  • The Art of Drawing Birds • Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9:30am to 12:00pm.  >> view full details
  • Butterflies and Moths in Color • Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  >> view full details
  • The Art of Botanical Drawing • Four Saturdays • April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2016  >> view full details
PRIVATE LESSONS AND CUSTOMIZED WORKSHOPS
  • Available for both adults and kids - please contact me for more information. I can be reached via e-mail, at: sketchclassATverizonDOTnet (please substitute "@" for "AT" and a period for "DOT" in the address - trying to avoid spam!)

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DRAWING ANIMALS • Four Saturdays • Next session October 17, 24, 31 & November 7, 2015

Adults • 4 sessions | Drawing is a great way to connect with our natural world, and close study of museum specimens can be an inspiring way to develop your drawing skills. Join us for a three-session course in observational drawing—a chance to explore the museum's zoological collections from a new perspective. Taught by artist and educator Erica Beade, this course introduces students to basic techniques that they can continue to expand on their own. The first half of each session will be spent in the classroom practicing techniques such as shading, working from general shapes to details, and capturing movement. The second half will be devoted to drawing animal specimens in the galleries, with support and feedback from the course instructor.

Time and location
4 Saturdays from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge

Registration and cancellations
Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Register online or call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu.

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THE ART OF BOTANICAL DRAWING • 4 Saturdays •April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2016

Adults • 4 Sessions | Explore the beauty and variety of plant forms using pencil, watercolor, and colored pencil. Taught by artist and educator, Erica Beade, this four-week course will introduce botanical drawing techniques through close observation and practice with contour, gesture, foreshortening, shading, and color. All skill levels are welcome.

Time and location
4 Saturdays from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge

Registration and cancellations
Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Register online or call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu.

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THE ART OF DRAWING BIRDS • 1 Saturday • January 30, 2016

Adults • 1 Session | Learn to capture birds with pencil and paper in this hands-on workshop taught by artist and educator Erica Beade. Explore avian anatomy as it applies to drawing birds, step-by-step methods for developing bird sketches, techniques for achieving greater accuracy and for capturing feather textures. Discuss tips for field sketching, particularly useful for birders and those interested in keeping field notes or nature journals. All skill levels are welcome.

Time and location
1 Saturday from 9:30am to 12:00pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge

Registration and cancellations
Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Register online or call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu.

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BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS IN COLOR • 1 Saturday • February 27, 2016 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Adults • 1 Session | Observe and draw the beauty of butterflies and moths in this three-hour color workshop. This program will introduce some observational drawing techniques with pencil, and then delve into colored pencils to create a rich, vibrant image. All skill levels are welcome.

Time and location
1 Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge

Registration and cancellations
Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Register online or call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu.

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SKETCHING TREES • 1 Saturday • Last session was May 9, 2015

Adults • 1 Session | Explore an amazing variety of tree forms using pencil and paper in beautiful Mount Auburn Cemetery. Students will focus on capturing the shapes and volume of trunks and branches and on learning techniques for drawing foliage. All skill levels are welcome.

Time and location
1 Saturday from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge

Registration and cancellations
Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Register online or call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu.

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ANIMAL ARTISTS • 4 Tuesdays • 3:40pm–5:00pm • Last session: March, 2015

Kids • 4 sessions • | This club is designed for kids who love animals and art. Sketch face-to-face with a zebra, ostrich, tiger, or moose as we learn to draw animals from the museum's zoological collections. With materials that we provide, students focus on different animal groups each week and practice using different media. Young artists will enjoy seeing their talents emerge while monitoring their progress with a portfolio of weekly drawings. By the end of this six-week course, students will have gained greater confidence in their expressive skills as well as a new appreciation for the animal world.

Time and location
4 Tuesdays, 3:40 – 5:00pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge.

Registration and cancellations
Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Register online or call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu.

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CREATURE CREATORS • 6 Wednesdays • 3:40pm–5:00pm. Next Session TBD.

Kids • 6 sessions • | Do you ever wonder how artists create imaginary creatures like the ones in Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Monsters, Inc.? They study and draw real animals and then let their imaginations fly! In this 6-week drawing class we will take a close look at real animals in the museum, examining teeth, talons, wings and tails, and apply what we have seen to invent completely new creatures. The sky’s the limit!

Time and location
6 Wednesdays, 3:40 – 5:00pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge.

Registration and cancellations
For more information, visit the HMNH website. Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Fees: $120 nonmembers / $108 members. Register online. For info, call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu.

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"CAPTURING ANIMALS WITH PENCIL AND PAPER" SERIES • Individual Saturday Classes

Kids • 1 session • | In a series of individual classes, we explore different groups of animals and drawing techniques.

Next sessions:

November 7, 2015: Capturing Birds of Prey with Pencil and Paper

February 27, 2016: Capturing Imaginary Animalswith Pencil and Paper

March 19, 2016: Capturing Insects with Pencil and Paper

April 9, 2016: Capturing Prehistoric Animals with Pencil and Paper

$25 members/$30 nonmembers • Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. (Prices subject to change)
Advance registration required. Register online. For info, Call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu.

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PREVIOUSLY OFFERED SKETCHING WORKSHOPS

Sketching Trees

Landscape Sketching

Sketching Plants & Flowers

Sketching Animals at the HMNH

Basic Sketching Techniques at the Peabody Museum

Capturing Textures with Pencil

Plants & Flowers in Colored Pencil

Sketching Birds in Colored Pencil

Time and location
Most spring and summer workshops are held from 9:00am to 11:00am at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Indoor workshops are offered primarily at the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Peabody Museum, although we may explore other venues as well.

If you're interested in future workshops, please sign up for my email mailing list by going to the "Contact" page, or check back here for more information.

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A BIT ABOUT ME

I'm an illustrator specializing in science, health and nature subjects, and I've been teaching observational drawing for the past 12 years. I've always loved to draw, and really enjoy sharing that enthusiasm when I teach. Observational drawing is a fun way to connect to the world around you – to record your experiences, respond to nature, think through a problem, express yourself. If you're interested, but new to drawing, or want to build on your current skills, please check out my classes, which work well for people at all skill levels. Classes are located at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Arlington Center for the Arts and Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center. I also hold private classes and workshops for individuals and groups.

If you'd like to check out some of my illustrations, visit my freelance illustration website: www.mbcgraphics.com; and you can see more of my work (and work by lots of other amazing artists) at the Science-Art.Com website. I also have an online store for nature-related prints and gifts at: www.cafepress.com/mbcgraphics

For inquiries about current classes, or to receive e-mails about upcoming classes and workshops, please contact me.

Thanks for checking in!

-Erica Beade