Online Beaty Box Sketching (Grades K-12+, Ages 5+)

Duration 60-minute session
Group Rate $125 (tax included)

* Please see booking information for more details

Life is diverse, exciting, and incredibly beautiful. During this online program, your class will have the opportunity to touch and observe museum specimens while practising sketching and drawing skills. Using the Beaty Box in their classroom, and engaging with our Museum Interpreters online, together we will explore specimens and stories in your Beaty Box and in the museum.

Please ensure your groups have their drawing materials, we encourage the use of sketching pads, pencils, and other materials that they wish to work with. Let us know your class’ comfort level with sketching – all levels are welcome!

Please ensure your group is comfortable with the Beaty Box and has practised handling the specimens – this will allow our Interpreters to dive right into the content!

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Notes & Materials

  • This booking is 60 minutes long. This includes a 15-minute tech and materials check with a museum interpreter, plus a 45-minute program time, which includes time for student questions and discussion.
  • We recommend you explore your Beaty Box in advance of your online program so you and your class are comfortable with the range of specimens available and how to safely handle them.
  • If a portion of your students are joining from home, they can grab a fruit/vegetable, houseplant, stuffed animal, or toy/figurine (something three-dimensional and biodiversity-related) and join the program.
  • Each student should have a pencil and 5 sheets of blank paper (loose or in a booklet). Access to a sharpener and eraser is also great. In addition, students may want to add sketching pencils, coloured pencils, or other favourite art materials. Clipboards or hard books are helpful if students don’t have enough desk or floor space for their paper.
  • Remember that paint, liquid inks, clay, water, and messy materials can damage the museum specimens – keep specimens separate from these media, and wash your hands before touching specimens.

Targeted Curriculum

  • Arts Education K-1: Develop processes and technical skills in a variety of art forms to nurture motivation, development, and imagination
  • Arts Education 2: Develop processes and technical skills in a variety of art forms to refine artistic abilities, reflect on creative processes and make connections to other experiences
  • Arts Education 3-5: Connect knowledge and skills from other areas of learning in planning, creating, and interpreting works for art
  • Arts Education 6-7: Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of personal, social, cultural, historical, and environmental contexts in relation to the arts; interpret creative works using knowledge and skills from various areas of learning
  • Arts Education 8-12: A variety of content links can be explored during this program.


We have a wide variety of educator resources to support you before, during, and after your online program. Here are some suggested ways to frame your exploration:

Before your visit:

After your visit:

  • Explore the Sturgeon Knowledge Web online exhibit sharing First Peoples’ knowledge and perspectives on biodiversity.
  • Continue drawing and stretch your imagination with this Adaptation Creation activity