Last weekend Julia and I took advantage of ourÂ Neighbourhood Free WeekendÂ at The Academy of Sciences. After doing a full sweep of the museum to scope out our targets, we went to a room full of skeletons and taxidermy where I sketched a model of a Dodo bird. The area was quiet enough that I was able to sketch and watercolour this drawing on site.
We are both members of the nearby De Young, and visit it often, but only go to the Academy of Sciences infrequently, so it was a great to sketch atÂ this wonderful museum on a relatively uncrowded weekend, for free.Â The Neighbourhood free weekends are for San Francisco residents of each specific zip code, and therefore are significantly less busy than the Academy’s quarterly free days, when anyone can enter for free and absolutely everyone wants to.
After I finished myÂ drawing of the Dodo, and Julia sketched several bird displays, we had a break for some lunch at the Cafe. Next, Julia had wanted to draw in the downstairs aquarium, but unfortunately it was the one area of the Academy that was quite crowded that day, jam-packed with families and strollers, so instead we went to the diorama room, and I drew the oryx display.
When the Academy of Sciences began to close at 5pm, we walked to the nearby Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park to sit and relax. It was a very pleasant eveningÂ and I drewÂ a scribbly sketch of a beautiful tree,Â later adding the watercolour washes at home.
After ourÂ fun day of drawing, we strolled through the parkÂ to the 9th & Irving area for a tasty dinner, before catching a cab home.