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Maria Merian Butterfly’s

“I collected all the caterpillars I could find in order to study their metamorphosis.”

-Maria Sibylla Merian: Diary entry age 13

Maria Sibylla Merian was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator who was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1647.

At a time when insects were thought to be “beasts of the devil,” her beautiful and accurate paintings revolutionized the science of entomology.Her painstaking observation skills refuted the prevailing notion at the time that insects spontaneously arose from the mud.

Maria Merian described the life cycles of 186 insect species.  Long before the camera was invented, through her lavish and accurate paintings, she was the first to document life stages of many insects for the public.

The students explored printmaking with bubble wrap and recycled items from home.

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Picasso Owl Prints

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

– Pablo Picasso

For this Picasso project we explored printmaking. During his career, Picasso explored many forms of printmaking including: engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint, and linocut.

We used foam to carve out our own Picasso Owl’s and made our prints on encycolpedia pages. The students then added additional details with oil pastels.


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