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#MuseumFromHome DIY - Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

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Karly Boileau | May 25, 2021

#MuseumFromHome DIY is a series from Cambridge Art Galleries with carefully curated content just for you.

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22 and in anticipation of our virtual visit to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory on May 4, this week we are exploring nature through art! Make sure to visit City Nature Challenge to find out how you can help identify plant, animal, and bug species in Waterloo Region.

Butterflies can be found in many artworks from the past to the present. Watch this short lesson by the Khan Academy called A summer day in Paris: Morisot's Hunting Butterflies and then watch the National Gallery's talk The Painter's Daughters Chasing A Butterfly and learn about each artist's techniques and how each use butterflies differently in their works.

During the virtual tour at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory why not try sketching some of the butterflies you see? Check out this drawing tutorial from Mister Brush to get started.

Explore more of these great resources from Idea Exchange for inspiration**

Books to borrow:
Butterfly: A Photographic Portrait
Drawing Butterflies with Circles
Grow with Me: Butterfly
Super Simple Butterfly Garden: A Kid's Guide to Gardening
Weird Butterflies and Moths
Origami Butterflies (available to borrow through Hoopla)

Movies and courses to stream:
The Edge of the Wild
Nature Cat: Where Have All The Butterflies Gone?
National Geographic: The Guide to Nature and Wildlife Photography
Advanced Topics: Macro Photography
Fundamentals of Photography: Wildlife

** Unlock resources with your Idea Exchange membership. Not a member yet? Sign up for your free online membership here.