Registration is now open for our 2014 Summer Workshops for Children! This summer our workshops will focus on Art and Science. The museum will be hosting an exhibition of works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. This rich resource of scientifically informed observation, combined with technical and aesthetic skills, will be our jumping off point for fun and informative explorations of our natural world.
Each workshop meets for three hours from 9:00 am - noon on Friday mornings at the CU Museum of Natural History on the CU-Boulder Campus. Healthy snacks will be provided.
The fee is $25 per workshop (10% Discount for MuseumKids members). Advance registration and payment required (cash, check, or credit card).
Call 303-492-1666 or email us at email@example.com to sign up today.
Workshops for students in kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade:
What Did those Dinos Look Like?
June 6 and July 11
Spend some time with our dinosaurs, exploring them inside and out! What can you learn about dinosaurs by examining the things they left behind? We’ll look at tracks, fossil bones, and even some fossilized dung. Go on a mock dig and unearth a real fossil. Put it all together to create a collage where YOU decide what dinos looked like.
Oceans of Life
June 13 and July 18
From the tiniest zooplankton to the biggest blue whale, with a stop along the way for sea horses and jellyfish, we’ll explore some of the amazing animals of the sea. Even though they’re far away, we’ll keep them close in our thoughts with the art we create.
June 20 and August 1
Where would we be without our feet?! Walking, swimming, running and perching are just a few of things animal feet do. We’ll explore dinosaur tracks and how geckos walk on the ceiling; make plaster casts of tracks and do a little dance. We’ll end with human feet in our moccasin exhibit to look up close at Native American footwear.
June 27 and July 25
Explore the exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, and textures of insects. We’ll look up close at insects from our collection and design some of our own. Moths and butterflies will play a prominent role in our explorations of the vast and diverse insect world.
Snacks and Attacks!
A workshop all about food. Climb your way up the food chain as we figure out who eats what. Real museum specimens will be our guides to what animals eat. We’ll excavate arrowheads as we explore how ancient humans hunted and “gather” plants to make our snacks.
Workshops for students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade:
June 6 and August 8
This is your chance to try out some of the tools and techniques our museum scientists use to study life in the water. We’ll spend some time at ponds on campus observing and collecting and then go back to the lab to identify and draw the creatures collected. Design a field journal to record your naturalist observations.
Inspired by Audubon
June 13 and July 11
Become a ‘keen observer’ of nature with a focus on birds. We’ll use real museum specimens as our models. Search for patterns in feathers and flocks in flight. Put it all together to create your own ‘zentangle’ bird drawing.
Drawing from Nature
June 27 and July 25
By observing the world around us, we can become better artists, and by illustrating nature, we can become more observant scientists. Join us in making observations and practicing some drawing techniques to help you create more realistic artwork. We'll draw inside and outside of the museum. Go home with your sketches, a fantastic drawing, and a booklet to guide your family to practice drawing from the natural world!
Wildflowers, Wildflowers, Everywhere
June 20 and August 1
We’ll go from Fibonacci’s Italy of the year 1200, to Lewis and Clark’s 1800’s trek across the US west, to our own Boulder 21st century backyard, in our explorations of wildflowers. Dissect a flower under a microscope, learn about botanical illustration, and make your own identification guide.
Archaeology: Design and Engineering
From building Mayan pyramids to carrying water up Mesa Verde cliffs; from painting Mimbres pots to weaving Navajo rugs – people have been solving problems in intelligent and beautiful ways for centuries. Build your own pyramid, weave a pouch, and see how far (and fast) you can carry water on your head.