The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest has collaborated with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture for years. As the museum transforms itself into a more inclusive, open, and interactive “See Through” space, volunteers from the Guild continue to contribute to the popular Family Days. These events are great opportunities to interact with visitors from all around our state, and to encourage visitors of all ages to explore drawing as a way to learn about the natural environment. They also discover the profession of science illustration.
For illustrators, there is no better way to spend a blistery, rainy, fall day in Seattle than to cozy-up in the Discovery Lab surrounded by specimens of crawly, fuzzy, intriguing specimens. A continuous flow of parents and children wanders through the area to take a breath from the numerous activities that fill up their day of fun, self-directed learning at the museum.
In the midst of all the changes at the museum, a quiet, drawing space entices children and parents alike to slow down, focus, make observations, ask questions, and learn about the natural world in our region. And the results are amazing illustrations!
I can’t wait to experience the “See Through” experience that the museum is preparing for its visitors. Looking forward to 2019!