We were pleased to take the 3rd year Sequential Arts group to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) for their Animal Drawing class. This gave students the chance to draw and study a wide variety of bird and animal species from life.
Here are some photos take from our time there:
In the morning we were given a tour of the resources the museum offers by Mark Peck, the department head of Ornithology. He showed us a ‘behind the scenes’ of the museum’s bird collections- of both the ‘skins’ ( * full bird bodies kept in cabinets-) as well as the ‘bug room’ where Nature does its exacting work in cleaning up skeletons using live beetles that strip fragile skeletons of their flesh.
In the afternoon the students had fun drawing the dinosaur skeletons as well as other stuffed animals on display. It’s amazing how similar bird skeletons resemble dinosaurs!
If you want to sharpen your animal drawing skills go to the ROM. Drawing from photographs is helpful but it does not compare to drawing from life. The ability to see forms in three dimensions and multiple angles will solve your drawing problems and give believability to your work. This is one of the reasons why we stress life drawing so much here at Max the Mutt.
Thank you to Mark Peck and Karl Gad who welcomed us to the ROM for the day.
Thanks also to Dave Ross- who excused the students from his afternoon class so that they could spend the whole day exploring and drawing from the museum’s vast treasure trove!