Liz Butler Draws The ROM: Bears!
This week I took a walk through the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity to look
at members of the family Ursidae – bears!
It is interesting to see the variety of shapes and colours that are
expressed in this one animal family. In the Schad Gallery I noticed these
differences as I drew a shaggy, brown grizzly bear, a sleek, white polar
bear, and a strikingly patterned black & white panda.
Besides just looks, there are behavioural variations among these bears,
too. Polar bears are the most carnivorous (meat-eating) of the bears, while pandas are the most herbivorous (plant-eating). Grizzlies are less
specialized in their diets, and eat a variety of foods.
Next time you are at the Museum, see if you can find representations of
bears in the galleries of world cultures; many people around the world have been impressed by the striking looks and adaptive behaviours of these cool creatures.
- Liz Butler is an artist and teacher who loves natural history and museums. She loves drawing, painting, and making crafts of all kinds. She is happiest when she can find ways to combine art projects with science content.
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Guest Post By Liz Butler. Last Updated: November 25th, 2013.
Museums: Dinosaurs and all the OTHER Awesome Things They Hold!
Let’s be real, probably one of the greatest parts of a museum is it’s dinosaur collection. In fact, if it wasn’t for the ROM’s dinosaur collection, I’m uncertain if my 4 year old self would have fallen in love with museums in the same way.
In a recent article from the Toronto Star, Vice President of the Royal Ontario Museum, Dan Rahimi, spoke with Paul Irish about the magic of galleries OTHER than the dinosaurs. And it’s true. The ROM, and all museums, have such incredible galleries that sometimes are overshadowed (and rightfully so, cos dinosaurs are HUGE) by the dinosaur collections.
“Yes, popular culture sometimes directs what people go looking for (like dinosaurs),” he says. “But the history of culture is no less important and this museum is dedicated to it. Really, there is something for everyone here.”
Now, to be truthful, here and on twitter, I’ve been pretty upfront about my love for dinosaurs. In fact, I actually had a sit down meeting with myself (that’s not weird is it?) and said I would post a more diverse range of photos and articles. And for the most part, I think I’ve succeeded. It’s actually helped me expand the dinosaur tunnel vision I sometimes exclusively see in and explore the wide variety of other interests I hold.
The Museum has such a wonderfully dynamic range of galleries, specimens and artefacts that deserve a bit more of the spotlight. With this said, I’ve pulled together a full set of swell photos from NOT THE DINOSAUR galleries. Enjoy (click the photos for more)!
Outside of the dinosaurs, of course, what are your favourite museum exhibits and galleries?