PA Academy of Fine Art
We’ll explore the story behind the nation’s first natural history museum and then illustrate a natural object from PAFA’s collection. In the late 18th and early 19th century, artist Charles Willson Peale set out to collect and catalog all living things in what would become the United States of America and opened the first public museum in 1786. We’ll follow his path through Philadelphia, making stops along the way to examine prints, paintings, and ephemera related to the exploration of the natural world at the tail end of the Enlightenment era. An examination of illustrations from the period will inform the hands-on experience of creating our own work of art.