Sackler Educational Laboratory

Human Evolution: Drawing from the Evidence

August 16, 2014

Human Evolution Sketch

For centuries naturalists, anatomists, and artists have documented essential details of the living world through carefully rendered drawings and prints. Before the advent of photography, illustration was an integral part of scientific observation and biological data collection. From da Vinci to Darwin, these beautiful and informative records serve as some of the first evidence of new species descriptions, and theoretical insights. In this 2-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to draw directly from fossil casts of extinct hominins, and skeletal specimens from living primates. We will pay particular attention to comparative skeletal anatomy, depicting the morphological nuances unique to each species. Students will come away with knowledge of the anatomical changes that occurred throughout human evolution, and gain an appreciation for careful observation as an imperative aspect of both art, and the practice of science.

Date: August 16, 2014
Time: 11am - 1:00pm
Ages: 12yrs - 15yrs old