Two white peacocks stand on a hotel bed, a lit table lamp is visible behind them

Doug Aitken, migration (empire) (detail), 2008, single-channel video (color, sound), 24:28 minutes, production still; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, A.W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2009.11. Courtesy of the artist; 303 Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Online Family Friendly Drawing Workshop


Free with registration

Doug Aitken provides some spectacular close up views of North American migratory animals in his film migration (empire). Explore the unique physical features of similar animals in this behind-the-scenes view into CMNH’s collection of North American animal specimens. Learn how various attributes help animals adapt to their real habitats and imagine what the animals in Aitken’s film thought about their unfamiliar surroundings. You’ll sketch using a few techniques from close observation and guidance from a naturalist, and a teaching artist.

Materials needed: paper, pencil, colored pencils

Zoom links will be emailed upon registration.

About the Instructor

Joke Slagle is teaching artist at Carnegie Museum of Art. She is also an adjunct faculty at Penn State University where she teaches art history and drawing. She holds an MA in art history and museum studies from the University of Cincinnati.