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Nature Illustration

Let's have some fun drawing from nature!

Drawing a natural item – a leaf, a shell, an insect – increases your observational skills and knowledge about that item.

From the comfort of your own home, you can try your hand at drawing a specimen from the museum’s collections. We'll post images or videos to give you a clear three-dimensional view of the items. We will be switching out the specimens every few weeks till May 1st.

Funded in part by the Theodore C. Cederholm Fund

Our next illustration is A Marine Still Life. Feel free to use the image gallery below for inspiration. Sketch your illustration until you're satisfied with the result. This is a great activity for both beginner and advanced illustrators. We'd love to gather the program participants and their illustrations to share what has been created. Please send your illustrations to We can't wait to see what you create!

Community Submissions

We encourage everyone to send us copies of your work! We can learn a lot from each other in a community activity such as this.

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