Art & Evolution: Drawing Animals w/ Megan McGrath - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Art & Evolution: Drawing Animals w/ Megan McGrath

$15 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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$15 per device
New York City, New York
What We’ll Do

Are you curious about the natural world? Love animals? Want to explore the intersection between science and art—preferably with a delicious drink in hand?

My name is Megan McGrath. I’m an animal scientist, bartender, and professional artist, and I’d love to teach you to do what I do. I’d normally invite you to my place for a drink-and-draw, but these days Zoom lets me visit you at home! Join me to learn the fundamentals of drawing creatures from all branches of the animal kingdom. We’ll use life drawing skills to deepen our understanding of the natural history behind the way animals look, behave, and move through the world. Whether you’re a seasoned animal artist or just starting out, you’ll love this experience that’s part science class and part art class and the most fun parts of both!

May 13th: The Hunters and the Hunted

This week, join me to draw The Hunters and the Hunted! We’ll encounter both predators and prey in this experience that explores the mightiest runners in the class of mammals: the Carnivores and the Ungulates. Plant-eaters like deer and zebra live in fear of powerful hunters like wolves and lions—but as mammals, these sworn enemies have more in common than you might think, and that means there are some tricks we can use to draw them all. Bring a pencil and paper, and let’s make some fur fly!

What You Might Need

You will need any pencil, paper, sharpener, and eraser to participate in the drawing portion of this experience. A standard yellow #2 pencil and a sheet of printer paper, a regular pencil sharpener and the eraser on the back of the pencil all work great. If you’re considering drawing on a regular basis, artists’ pencils of varying hardnesses, a pad of drawing paper, a “long point” sharpener, a kneaded eraser and a gum eraser are all great investments, but not necessary. Additionally, blending tools such as tortillons, blending stumps, or facial tissues are optional but nice.

Optional easy at-home cocktail recipes will be sent to registrants a few days ahead for their enjoyment during this drink-and-draw experience. One alcoholic and one non-alcoholic recipe will be provided. Only participants 21 years of age or older are permitted to consume alcohol during this experience—thank you!

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Megan McGrath
Megan McGrath

Hi! I’m Megan McGrath. I’m a naturalist artist, writer, audio producer, and educator currently living in Washington, DC. In my work as a marine mammal researcher I published a thesis on the social behavior of bottlenose dolphins, but I’ve since gone rogue to become a full-time animal artist. I use my experience as a researcher and writer to inform my art, having given lectures on wildlife and conservation from Baltimore to Belize to Brazil, produced international science radio as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow, trained as a naturalist educator, and edited a book on the origin of life. During my research I also spent time studying parrot linguistics, observing elephant behavior in Tanzania, and recording the songs of breeding humpback whales and the calls of endangered monkeys. These days I use my lifelong experiences with animals to make art that I hope will help people connect to the natural world.

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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