Drawing Pictographs at Thorn Creek Nature Center on October 27

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 9, 2013. Ancient people painted real and imaginary creatures on stones and cave walls.  Called pictographs and petroglyph, these drawings illustrated stories, marked the passage of time and summoned magic and luck. 

Join us at Thorn Creek Nature Center Sunday, October 27, for Drawing Pictographs to learn this ancient Native American art.  There are two session available 1-2 p.m. or 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Internationally-known artist Pat Moore, an instructor at the Tall Grass Arts Association that serves all of the South Suburbs, will guide young artists in painting symbolic representations of native plants and animals on stones and bark paper to take home, suitable for display.  We’ll create fanciful creatures, exploring the shapes and lines.  Colors can be used to express warmth, sunlight, the earth and more.

This program is inspired by the work and interests of the late Jim Marzuki, local artist, teacher and naturalist.  He thought that Native Americans were recording their natural history – that the pictographs and petroglyphs were pictures of plants and animals of their shared environment.  In his publication “Native American Natural History” he reproduced many of these drawings and assigned species names to them.

“Drawing Pictographs” is open to all ages; children under age 6 should be accompanied by an adult. All art materials will be supplied and refreshments will be served. There is a $5 fee per child per session to participate. 

Participants must register by Friday, October 25.  For more information or to register for this program, please call, email or visit Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest at 708-747-6320 or [email protected].  The nature center is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.