DIY Stories in the Afternoon: While the Museum is closed, we'll be pairing some of our favorite children’s books with works from our collection for you to explore with your child at home. Don’t have access to the recommended book? Just select something similar from your child’s book shelf or your local library’s digital collection.
This week’s pairing: Rachel Rusych's "Nosegay on a Marble Plinth,” c. 1695, and "Du Iz Tak?" by Carson Ellis.
Artist Rachel Ruysch grew up examining bugs and flowers in her scientist father's collection of natural specimens, and this painting features several detailed bugs, including a butterfly and a bee, hidden amongst some incredible flowers. (You can read more about the painting in our Women Artists curriculum packet: bit.ly/3bL1s2v)
Author and illustrator Carson Ellis spent a lot of time observing and drawing bugs in her garden in preparation for her book “Du Iz Tak?” which follows some bugs as they discover and build a fort in a flower and is written in a special bug language she invented for the book.
Inspired by these two artists and nature-lovers, find a bug, butterfly or flower, either outside your window or online, to study and draw. Then make up your own story imagining the adventures of your bug or flower.