Du Iz Tak? & Nosegay on a Marble Plinth
Featured Book: Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Featured Artwork: Nosegay on a Marble Plinth (c. 1695) by Rachel Ruysch
Artist Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664/5–1750) grew up examining bugs and flowers in her scientist father's collection of natural specimens, and this painting features several detailed bugs, including a butterfly and a bee, hidden amongst some incredible flowers. (You can read more about the painting in our Women Artists curriculum packet.)
Author and illustrator Carson Ellis spent a lot of time observing and drawing bugs in her garden in preparation for her book Du Iz Tak? which follows some bugs as they discover and build a fort in a flower and is written in a special bug language she invented for the book.
Inspired by these two artists and nature-lovers, find a bug, butterfly or flower, either outside your window or online, to study and draw. Then make up your own story imagining the adventures of your bug or flower.