The Toronto NatureSketch Club had a fun day sketching and learning at Riverdale Farm! Ontario’s countryside is celebrated in many of Robert Bateman’s paintings and Riverdale is great place to introduce rural life to children who live in the city. I showed the kids a few examples of Bob's artwork that is set in rural locations, and no surprise, everywhere you look around the farm you'll find subjects from his paintings.
Joining us at the farm was veterinarian Dr. Judy Brown. Dr. Judy shared her knowledge of domestic animal anatomy to help the young artists spot important difference between species. We looked at a selection of skulls and discussed the reasons why they differ; that got the children thinking about the skeletal structure hidden underneath all the skin and muscles.
Sketching moving animals is always challenging, but the children did an amazing job - check out some of their fantastic sketches below!
The children were also asked to help with a Special Project - a birthday card for Robert Bateman! Bob turns 88 on May 24th and each artist added their own sketch to the card. The only unfortunate part was that a few children were missing and didn’t get to take part.
Thank you Dr. Judy Brown for spending the day with the NatureSketch Club! We enjoyed all your anatomical insights and appreciate that you took the time to chat with us.
A very special thanks to volunteers Chris and Jan for helping with NatureSketch.
We’re back together on May 26th to sketch birds at the Spring Bird Festival.
Happy Nature Sketching!