“Explore, fall in love, and draw it!” with Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators
Art classes are offered in the Peabody Museum for adults of all levels of art experience.
Published in the Peabody Explorer Newsletter
There is no better place to fall in love than among the dinosaurs, birds, and stunning gems in the exhibit halls of Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. Flashes of hummingbird feathers sparkle in mid-flight, live leaf-cutter ants scuttle along carrying bright green leaves ten-times their size, and paleo giants reign in the Hall of the Dinosaurs. When you sit and draw in front of J. Perry Wilson’s iconic dioramas you are transported into his habitats. You cannot fathom how Wilson’s ingenious artistry has captured you within the forest, the seascape, or on the mountaintop. The Peabody Museum’s classrooms and exhibit halls offer the perfect place to learn how to capture what fascinates you with pencil, brush and pen
“If you love it, draw it” is the rallying cry of the four natural science illustrators who offer a full range of art classes for adults in the museum. These artists have been teaching beginners and experienced artists in the Peabody Museum since they formed CTNSI in 2008. Their credo is “Anyone can learn to draw.” That belief is borne out by the paintings and drawings of over 490 CTNSI students who have mastered the basics and honed their skills in pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, oil, and mixed media. Step by step, students learn to portray the fur of mammals, the feathers of birds, delicate petals of flowers, and the brilliant glow of minerals.
Teaching in the museum and on location on the Yale Campus, CTNSI’s dedicated and accomplished faculty artists inspire enthusiasm and confidence in their students. Dorie Petrochko is well-known in New England for her exquisite, award-winning bird paintings. In her classes her students have mastered the delicate art of painting feathers, and even painting bird models for use in exhibits. Interest in both nature and art enticed Dorie, Jan Prentice, and Susannah Graedel to earn the New York Botanical Garden’s Certificate of Natural Science Illustration. Jan is an award-winning fine artist specializing in nature. She offers a variety of courses in botanical art and landscape painting in several media. Susannah holds a Master’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology. In her classes students master the art of depicting the delicate, intricate structures of flowers and insects in subtle tones of graphite. A botanical book illustrator, fine artist Linda Miller especially enjoys teaching students to draw from the dioramas and to paint outdoors in the gardens and glass houses on the Yale Campus.
CTNSI is excited to announce that it will launch its Certificate in Natural Science Illustration this year. CTNSI will continue to welcome all students in classes whether or not they are certificate candidates. Course descriptions, schedules, registration information, instructor bios, certificate information and images of student and instructor work are available on the ART CLASSES page.