The Natural History Society of Maryland is so excited to be hosting a MICA community education course!

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit,” wrote Emerson. Students in this course, which is suitable for all levels, use colored drawing media such as pencils, markers, watercolor pencils, and ink to draw specimens from the outstanding collection of the Natural History Society of Maryland, which includes beautiful gems, minerals, plants, fossils, seashells and coral, as well as preserved insects, butterflies and moths, reptiles, birds and mammals. On site at NHSM, participants embark on extended projects focused on different aspects of the collection, spending time to closely observe, study and render a variety of fascinating natural forms. Consideration will be given to properties of wet and dry media, mark-making, composition, and the incorporation of text. In addition, students learn how to observe the interaction of color in nature, organize a palette, and establish successful color relationships in their compositions, using layering and blending. Outside of class, students keep weekly nature journals to supplement their inquiry into the natural world.

Instructor: David Little (MICA ’83, General Fine Arts B.F.A.) is a recipient of the Henry Walter Travelling Fellowship, the Baltimore City Art Grant and the Maryland State Arts Council Grant. His artwork features figurative elements on a large scale using a variety of drawing media, including pastels.

Dates: February 27, 2018 to May 1, 2018 on Tuesdays from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM. (NO class on March 13)

Credits: 1.5

Cost: $645