Remember, tomorrow, Thursday, November 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is Sketch Night at the Bell Museum of Natural History on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus. (Link is to directions.)
You are free to draw whatever you want in the Bell, but there is a theme for the evening: INSECTS!
Extra examples from their collections will be brought out for our drawing pleasure. How fun is that!
Jennifer Menken, who runs the Touch and See collections, will be on hand for science questions and I'll be there if you have any drawing questions or need some suggestions on getting started. All skill levels are welcome.
If you're a Bell member it's free, if you aren't a member there is a $5.00 museum admission, but the event is free.
I just found out from Ken Avidor that if you have a Minneapolis library card you can ask a librarian for free passes to the Bell!
Also, I just discovered if you go to the What's Happening page of the Bell Museum website, under Sketch Night you'll see a photo of some hands working in a journal painting a bright yellow and orange toucan bill. That's me working—I didn't even realize they were taking this. You can see my mini palette too. I'm sitting at a table, which isn't something I normally do, but hey, that's one of the fun things about sketching at sketch night—you get to sit at a table with lots of light if you want to!
If you are interested in starting to sketch in public, or you want to become more proficient at sketching the natural world, this is the sketch opportunity for you—you'll be with people who love to sketch (and don't mind in the least doing it in public!) and you'll have models who are stationary. You can learn the angles and details and textures that will help you sketch and identify these animals later in the field. And you won't have to deal with any inclement weather while you sketch. (Take it from someone who makes a habit of sketching outside when it's below freezing—it's a whole lot easier to get the Niji waterbrush to work when you're in the Bell and you aren't wearing fingerless gloves!)