Natural History Drawing in Museum
Robert Eady, Earth Art Teacher

In an effort to advance their learning about observation and natural history, the Earth Art students are spending some time drawing and painting in a Natural History Museum. This museum happens to be right here on the Conserve School campus and is dedicated to the memory of the school’s founder, James Lowenstein. Conserve School students have the bounty of having on campus a museum that contains some aspects of what exists in the Museum of Natural History in New York City. 

Jim Lowenstein valued conservation and conceived of Conserve School as a place that would teach future generations about what it means to be a good steward of the environment and, how to act on that understanding. Our students are able to honor the animals in the museum by studying, drawing, and painting them. This particular exercise includes a very rapid gesture painting that attempts to capture the “energy” and motion of the animal. Next, the students draw the details of the animal/s over the gesture painting. Students are often surprised by the details of the animals that are “discovered” as they produce drawings of their careful and up-close observations.

Photos contributed by Jennifer Anderson, Marketing and Admissions Associate.