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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

DRAWING ANIMALS • Three Saturdays • Next Session: TBA

Adults • 3 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
3 Saturdays 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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Investigating the Science of Avian Coloration Through Observational Drawing • One Saturday • January 25, 2014 • 9:30am to 12:30pm

Adults • 1 session | The colors, patterns, and structure of avian plumage and eggs are strikingly beautiful and amazingly diverse. How and why do birds achieve these decorative feats? Using egg and feather specimens from the university’s collections, and detailed microscopic images, Harvard evolutionary biologist Dr. Mary Caswell Stoddard will explain how and why this diversity of forms arose. Artist and illustrator Erica Beade will show participants how to capture the nuance of avian color and form in their drawings.

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

Registration and cancellations

$30 members/$35 nonmembers
Advance registration required. Register online.

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BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS IN COLOR • One Saturday • February 8, 2014 • 9:00am to 12:00pm

Adults • 1 session | Observe and draw the beauty of butterflies and moths in this 3-hour color workshop. This workshop 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 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge

Registration and cancellations

$40 members/$45 nonmembers
Advance registration required. Register online.

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THE ART OF BOTANICAL DRAWING • Next session: March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2014

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. Call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu. Advance registration required. Register online

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SKETCHING TREES • Saturday, May 10, 2014

Adults • 1 Session | Explore an amazing variety of tree forms using pencil and paper in beautiful Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. We will focus on capturing the shapes and volume of trunks and branches, and techniques for drawing foliage. Taught by artist and educator, Erica Beade. All skill levels are welcome.

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

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

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ANIMAL ARTISTS • 4 Tuesdays • 3:40pm–5:00pm - Next Session TBA

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. Call the HMNH Education Office 617.495.2341 or e-mail reservations@oeb.harvard.edu. Advance registration required. Register online.

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CREATURE CREATORS • 6 Wednesdays • 3:40pm–5:00pm. March 4 through April 8, 2014

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 • 1 Saturday per month.

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

January 25, 2014 • Capturing Imaginary Animals with Pencil and Paper

February 8, 2014 • Capturing Forest Animals with Pencil and Paper

March 1, 2014 • Capturing Insects with Pencil and Paper

April 15, 2014 • Capturing Feathers, Fur and Scales with Pencil and Paper

Time and location
One Saturday, 2:00pm to 3:30pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge.

Registration and cancellations
$25 members/$30 nonmembers • Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required.
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 | TBA

Landscape Sketching | TBA

Sketching Plants & Flowers | TBA

Time and location
Most workshops are held from 9:00am to 11:00am at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. In some cases we may move to the Harvard Museum of Natural History if the weather is uncooperative for outdoor sketching.

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