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Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium Hosts Marine Animal Illustration Class

Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium will be holding a drawing-instruction class for interested participants, beginning March 12.
Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium will be holding a drawing-instruction class for interested participants, beginning March 12. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A new program offered by the Maritime Aquariam in Norwalk, "Marine Animal Illustration," is a drawing instruction course which will allow individuals to capture the beauty of marine creatures.

“Marine Animal Illustration” will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on five Thursdays, from March 12 to April 9. Award-winning artist and naturalist Patricia Wynne will lead this intensive course, which will serve as a great introduction for beginners and a bonus opportunity for advanced artists to hone their skills. With sharks, anemones, jellies, sea turtles and more, the Maritime Aquarium presents diverse and inspiring subjects for artists of every level. Session topics will include the basics of drawing marine animals; gesture drawing of fast-moving animals; countershading; composing an inhabited setting; and drawing anatomical details of fish, invertebrates and mammals.

Wynne is a New York City-based freelance artist who works for scientists at research organizations around the world. She has illustrated more than 170 books for both adults and children. Her work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine, Cricket and Scientific American. Her books have received awards from Parenting magazine, the John Burroughs Association and the National Science Teachers Association. “Hello, Bumblebee Bat,” a book written by Darrin Lunde and illustrated by Wynne, was nominated for a 2008 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award by the American Library Association.

Cost of the class is $200 or $180 for members. Art materials are not included; registrants will receive a materials list beforehand.

Other upcoming classes include preschool explorations (offered as a series and as one-time meetings), turtle programs for ages 5 to 7, shark programs for ages 8 to 10, and morning sessions where families and animals both get breakfast prior to the Aquarium’s opening for the day.

Get all the details about these new public programs and sign up for the drawing class at www.maritimeaquarium.org under the “Fun & Learning” tab, or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

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