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Learn to Draw Insects with Bea Martin

Published January 12, 2022

At RCRG, we used the holiday break to rest, relax, and recharge. Bea Martin, on the other hand, took the time to develop an awesome new nature journaling project, featuring a unique selection of insects!
A talented science illustrator, Bea has twice applied to our Richmond Neighbourhood Small Grants program. The first time, she used the funding to launch the Curiosity, Creativity & Beyond website, where she posts a variety of nature-focused drawing guides.
Her second grant, which she received late last year, took her to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. There, she met with Karen Needham, Curator of the Spencer Entomological Collection. Karen had prepared a selection of nine insect specimens, including a Mantis, a Cairns Birdwing, and a Vinegaroon, also known as a Whip Scorpion. Bea took the specimens out on loan, bravely transporting them home on the Canada Line.

During five days over the holiday break, she created eight new nature journaling projects, each one highlighting a different bug. (She combined a pair of cockroaches into a single project, so don't worry - all nine specimens were used!)
Each project features a step-by-step instructional video, a materials list, and close-up photos of the specimen. In the videos, Bea's commentary is both educational and encouraging. You'll gain insight into the insect world, and get helpful drawing tips along the way!
The projects are appropriate for both children and adults, though younger children will likely need help from their parents or older siblings.
And don't forget, it's not only bugs! Bea's site also includes instructions on how to draw a River Otter, a Pot-Bellied Pig, and many other flora and fauna! There are more than enough projects to last you through the winter!
Speaking of projects, if you'd like to apply for your own Neighbourhood Small Grant, applications will open again shortly. Check this page for updates!