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Wild About Animals!


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  • Small penguin on sand with text that reads hashtag museum from home diy
  • Family sitting grouped together, looking various digital devices
  • Cover for Ezra Jack Keat's children's book Pet Show.

Gabrielle Clermont and Karly Boileau | December 22, 2020

#MuseumFromHome DIY is a weekly new series from Cambridge Art Galleries with carefully curated content just for you. Join us each week as we explore a new theme.

In times of stress, many of us turn to our furry friends for comfort, love, and often comic relief. Even if we don't have a pet in our life, we find ourselves going online and searching out the latest pet celebrity using hashtags like #catsofinstagram or #dogsofinstagram for a daily dose of cuteness. Big or small, animals are a source of inspiration for many of us including artists, musicians, scientists, and engineers! So this week we are celebrating all critters and creatures for our #MuseumFromHome DIY by bringing you a variety of fun resources for the whole family.

Pandas anyone? Choose from a variety of animals to observe such as pandas, penguins, apes and more with San Diego Zoo's live animal cams.

Explore Animals in Art with this online collection by the Tate. From insects to sea creatures, explore critters and creatures throughout art history.

Have you seen the recent online trend where people are making galleries for their pets? Forbes has gathered up some of the best in one article for you to enjoy!

Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, scientist, and engineer whose inventions were ahead of his time. One of the things Leonardo was most interested in was aviation. He studied the anatomy of birds and bats to try and figure out how to fly. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has put together a short video on Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds. After watching the video, flip through this digital copy of the Codex.

Make 8 adorable animal crafts for kids with this video tutorial.

Don't miss Idea Exchange and Cambridge Art Galleries online Facebook event this Thursday May 21 at 2:00pm with Wild Ontario.

Bonus Content**

Join Archie as he searches for a cat in time for the neighbourhood pet show in this classic children's book turned video (with fabulous artwork!) by Ezra Jack Keats: Pet Show!

Older kids may prefer this audiobook by the ever-popular Coyote Peterson Epic Encounters in the Animal Kingdom.

Did you know that dolphins are self-aware, rats love to be tickled, chimps grieve, killer whales have cultures, and octopuses have personalities? Learn all of these things and more in the ebook Animal Wise by Virginia Morell.

Take better animal pictures with this course on animal photography available on Kanopy. Watch our calendar for our virtual event with local wildlife photographer and journalist Paul Gains coming up in June.

Still want to see more animals? The National Geographic Virtual Database lets you browse every edition of National Geographic Magazine and lets you search by topic (like animals!)

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