Workshop announcement: ‘Drawn to Science’ teacher professional development session in Wyoming

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Participants build drawing skills ‘tool kit’ through practice.
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Professors and researchers in a recent workshop practice drawing landscapes.

I’m delighted to announce a new collaborator, the Wyoming Department of Education! The WDE organizers of an annual ‘Roadmap to STEM’ conference are as excited about integrating art into science learning as I am. So, we’re teaming up to bring an arts integration training session to Wyoming’s science teachers in early August.


  • Location: Sheridan College, Sheridan, WY
  • August 3-5, 2015
    • 1/2-day Drawn to Science training
    • I’ll participate in a vendor fair and share-a-thon, too.
  • Cost: Conference registration is free; follow this link to register with the Wyoming Department of Education.
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Participant sketches on a theme: student selected ‘evergreen ground plants’ and documented the size, shape, appearance, and coloration of the plants discovered during a self-guided forest exploration.

‘Drawn to Science’ session details

This half-day course will include hands-on training in:

  • A basic drawing skills ‘toolkit’
  • Keeping and assessing field journals/natural history notebooks (also relevant for lab notebooks dealing with natural science topics)
  • Using drawing as learning and assessment tool
  • The history of art and science
  • Facilitating drawing in the science classroom

This session is appropriate for instructors of all ages as well as both traditional and out-of-classroom instructors. These principles can be adapted to suit your particular students, and will provide actionable take-home concepts, activities, and methods that enhance science inquiry through providing students with self-directed observation, critical thinking, and creative synthesis learning opportunities.

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Participant sketches of several plants – onion, pitcher plant, and acorn – studied during introductory drawing technique and practice phases of a Drawn to Science workshop.
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Participants practice quick tricks for drawing landscapes.

Context for ‘Drawn to Science’ teacher training

Visit the ‘Artful Science’ page on my website for more background on the synergy between drawing and science learning. And, see my teacher resources for articles, books, and activities you can work with right away.

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