Sketchcrawl at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A friend and I crawled at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History this morning. We started off in the great hall with the dinosaurs and reptiles.

First I drew this Galapagos tortoise:


There were lots of skeletons to draw, but I was distracted by the people as usual:

Museum visitors

As I was drawing, a young man rolled a cart in and took out some fossils. Manning the "fossil cart" was a high-school student volunteer who showed kids various fossils and bones as they passed by:

Fossil Cart

I knew I had to draw at least ONE of the many skeletons gracing the hall, so I did:


We then moved on to a higher floor, with floor-to-ceiling glass cases full of stuffed birds. The display explained which ones were full-time residents of Connecticut, and which ones visited only briefly or during the summer. I'll have to come back and study them more closely another time so I can identify some of the shore birds I see on kayaking trips along the coastline.

Greater Yellowlegs, Hudsonian Goodwit

Owls, gull

Flycatcher, lark, fish crow

Pileated Woodpecker


Pileated Woodpecker

After our two-hour crawl of the museum, we had lunch at the fab Miya's Sushi in downtown New Haven -- amazing and sustainable deliciousness!

Hope to see some more people joining us on our next Sketchcrawl!

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