Inspiration: Natural history resources and examples to jump-start and inspire you, your students, and your friends

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There’s a lot of SciArt out there, as you can see by this Google Image search for the term “#sciart”.

A few weeks ago, a friend wrote and asked me: “What natural history illustrators/artist-scientists would you want to use to inspire youth/adults to love nature, art, and science?”

Oh, was I excited to answer the question!
Here are a handful of the natural history SciArtists I recommended:

And, here are a couple of books that can get you rolling with even more ideas  & inspiring SciArtists:

  • Field Notes on Science and Nature -essays with field note examples from about 10 different people who do field work and use field journals/notebooks.
  • The Heyday of Natural History – great investigation of how the pursuit of natural history became a popular past time and then developed into specialized science
  • I want to read this one: Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower: Artists’ Books and the Natural World.

2 thoughts on “Inspiration: Natural history resources and examples to jump-start and inspire you, your students, and your friends

  1. From a comment on my Facebook page: Paul Alaback writes, “I would add Ann Zwinger. She was trained as an artist, but became a great naturalist; her books are classics. Land Above the Trees and Beyond the Aspen Grove are real classics. I always keep a copy of Beyond the Aspen grove at the cabin for inspiration.”

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