Animals in Their Winter Homes & Beautiful Dwellings

Jan 18, 2015

animals_in_winterWinter is here. Maybe as Southern Californians we don’t have the right to call this winter—it’s 74ºF as we write—but December through February are the coldest months of the year in the northern hemispere, which by definition means it’s officially winter.

For bears, hedgehogs, and even turtles and some fish, winter means the time to hibernate, or like Monarch butterflies that fly thousands of miles or the Japanese beetle that simply digs downward into the soil, it’s time to migrate. Animals like rabbits, squirrels, and beavers remain where they are for the winter but must adapt to plunging temperatures by growing new, thicker fur, finding appropriate winter shelter, and foraging for food to store for later consumption.¹

At SPACE Arts Center, kids ages 4-5 are welcome, starting January 2nd, to join a weekly class where they “will be introduced to animals and their unique habitats in the air, on the ground, underground, in the water and explore the winter theme with drawing, painting, art collage, pen and ink, and print making.”

Animals in Their Winter Homes, Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. Ages 4-5. Instructor: Crystal Ho. Cost: $200. Starts January 22nd. For complete info, visit Register here.


Photo courtesy of SPACE Arts Center

Photo courtesy of SPACE Arts Center

Birds and Their Beautiful Dwellings is another class taught by Crystal Ho, who is an Art Center alumni illustrator. “Students will explore the beauty of birds in their anatomy/colors/textures/ and their amazing sense and aesthetics in building nests and dwellings.” Mediums involved include sketching, pen and ink drawing and wash, etching, printmaking, clay, embroidery, and color study.

Birds & Their Beautiful Dwellings, Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Ages 6-9. Instructor: Crystal Ho. Cost: $240. Starts January 20th. Register here.



Eastern Bluebird as found at Cavity Conservation



Figure Drawing: An introduction to figure drawing techniques and concepts, with an emphasis on representational drawing and expression. Artists Yuki Toy and Timothy Robert Smith help students build confidence in creating spatial illusions on a 2-dimensional surface and develop their creative voice by working from live models, photographs and memory. Working from a live model, students understand basic anatomy—bone structure, muscle mass, proportion—and techniques for capturing this knowledge through drawing.  By the end of this course, students learn to communicate mood, emotion and thought through line, gesture and image. (Official Text)

Figure Drawing, Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Ages 12+. Cost: $265. For six weeks starting Jan. 23rd. Register here.



Other classes offered are Drawing Academy (ages 9-12), Drawing & Painting (teens), hand-built FUNctional Ceramics (age 6+), Creative Writing (9-12), and Figure Drawing (12+). For complete details, visit


Sophia painting; photo courtesy of SPACE Arts Center

Sophia painting; photo courtesy of SPACE Arts Center







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