Paleo Art – Edge of Extinction: Make Your Own Dinosaur Ecosystem Mural
In this five-part natural history exploration, you are invited to join museum experts to learn how to use fossils to understand and show what life on our planet looked like in the past, also known as "reconstructing" the past. Through online artist demonstrations and conversations with museum scientists, you will use fossil evidence to create your own science-based mural of a North American ecosystem just before the extinction of the dinosaurs!
Note: This activity is adapted from a week-long Natural History Summer Exploration program hosted online by the National Museum of Natural History July 27-31, 2020. It includes video recordings of webinars that happened as part of that program.
What Will I Need?
Computer or mobile device
At least one sheet of large paper (at least 11 x 17", which could be two pieces of 8.5 x 11" paper taped together)
At least 12 pieces of regular-sized (8.5 x 11") printer or notebook paper
Pencil with a good eraser
Optional: Colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints
One-hour pre-recorded webinar: Learn “What Is a Fossil” and join us for an introduction to the basics of scientific ecosystem reconstruction.
Experts you’ll meet: Paleontologists Karma Nanglu and Dave DeMar, Paleo-Artists Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger, and Museum Educator Nicole Webster