Toronto NatureSketch had an amazing first class on Saturday! The day began in the Toronto Botanical Garden library where the children learned about butterflies from Naturalist and Director of Education, Colleen Cirillo.
Colleen shared funny stories and quirky facts about resident butterfly species, and explained their life cycle along with how they survive the Canadian winter. We then went for a walk into the woods looking for fallen logs, flaky bark and leaf litter; ideal overwintering habitats.
After the hike, we brought out the sketchbooks and got creative. The kids spent the rest of the class learning how to sketch butterfly specimens by first simplifying their complex forms into basic shapes. Check out their amazing sketches below!
A big thank you to Pentel Canada for donating art supplies for NatureSketch. The kids were absolutely thrilled with their yellow clickable erasers and couldn’t stop talking about them!
Special thanks to Toronto Botanical Garden for hosting the first NatureSketch class in Toronto. We will be back at TBG near the end of June for the Student Art Exhibition.
And lastly, thanks to volunteers Sally & Jan for being awesome.
Next week, the NatureSketch students will be going behind the scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum!