Craft a Bestiary Beast

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Submitted by jkp0135 on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 4:16am
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, December 4, 2020 - 5:00pm

The University of North Texas Special Collections department invites you to craft a mythical beast! Oct. 26 - Dec. 4, join us on the Facebook Craft a Bestiary Beast event page, or share your #UNTbestiary with @UNTSpecColl on Twitter. We’ll be sharing ideas and submissions on our pages throughout the event.

Do you love dreaming up new animals? Can’t get enough of mermaids, dragons, and unicorns? Then you should join in with our Create Your Own Mythical Beast activity!

This craft is inspired by bestiaries, also known as bestiarum vocabulum, which are books filled with illustrations of animals, both real and imagined, that became popular in the Middle Ages. In addition to illustrations, bestiaries also featured stories that communicated the symbolism of each animal that was featured.

To participate in the event, draw, collage, paint, or otherwise create a brand new animal straight from your imagination or reimagine your favorite real animal. When you’re done, share your creation with us on Twitter or Facebook by tagging us @UNTSpecColl and using the hashtag #UNTbestiary.

Need some inspiration? Be sure to check the discussion in the Facebook event where we’ll be sharing examples of bestiaries and other resources about these amazing manuscripts.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Event open to: 
Open to the public
Ticket Price: 
Department or Sponsor: 
UNT Special Collections
Contact Name: 
Jaimi Parker
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
(940) 565-2769
Expected Attendance: 
Not Applicable