July 29th, 2009

Taxidermy, live bugs, and rare fauna: a look inside art school!

Ever wondered what goes on inside of art schools?  This video gives you a tour of a unique learning resource for aspiring artists and designers that includes monkey skulls and live insects!

Etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade art and and craft, takes viewers inside the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), one of the most prestigious art schools in the country.

Founded by a RISD alumna in 1937, the Nature Lab “offers the opportunity to examine, explore and understand the patterns, structures and interactions of design in nature.” Its collection includes over 80,000 natural history objects, live animals and plants, and the facility includes a study room devoted to a natural history reference library and clipping file, archives of slides, tapes, videos and x-ray photographs.

Rhode Island School of Design [Official website]

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