Sketch Class Results November 2010

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The free November sketch class at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center was a hit! As we took a short hike around the slough, we noticed something not seen last month. Can you find it in this picture?

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HOT DOG…it’s a beaver lodge!!! Wow! Look at that structure. Beaver lodges can be made up of sticks, mud, grasses, and rocks. Sometimes you may find many lodges in a row, that’s called a beaver colony. Could this be one? Do you see that patch to the left of our beaver lodge? Is that the beginnings of another lodge in the form a colony? I don’t know. I will keep watching. Did you know that an entire beaver family can live in one lodge? That explains the enormous size. What terrific structural engineers, to design such a space which will keep them warm in the winter and protect them from natural enemies! Welcome beaver family to Long John Slough.

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Alanna's artwork

Alanna’s exceptional sketch of November on the Slough. Great job!

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Michelle's artwork

Michelle’s whitty watercolor of the November slough with beaver lodge. Awesome.

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Chris' artwork

My interpretation of the slough in November with beaver lodge. Watercolor and micron pen.

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To tell you the truth, we weren’t as brave as it may seem…look…we painted from inside. Can you blame us? At 9am, our Chicago weather left us with only 23°F!?! We’re crazy for nature, but not insane! 

We had a wonder time enjoying nature and making a little souvenir sketch for us to take home. Maybe you can join us next time on January 29th?

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2 responses to “Sketch Class Results November 2010

  1. Pretty paintings! There’s a beaver lodge at one of our favorite, local hiking spots, but we don’t know where it is (& the admins aren’t advertising it–which is probably for the best.)

  2. Lana: We we so surprised! I love the beaver lodge!!! It’s HUGE. Too bad you don’t know where yours is….yes they are probably smart for not advertising.
    Thanks!

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