The spring equinox was just a few days ago, and my tulips noticed. While they’re not in full bloom yet, they are several inches tall!
My thesis is due at the end of this week, so I spent most of last month writing, revising, or going on health breaks (hiking with the pup). So, the March 2017 newsletter takes a look at projects I’ve just published, along with some other people’s work.
March Table of Contents
Insight: Photo-realistic drawing expectations can get in your way.
Sketching Tip: Handy portable drawing materials
Artful Science: Learning by drawing
Artful Classrooms: Students explore connections between art and energy issues
Happy not-quite-spring, dear readers!
Although we’re a long way from actual spring, the weather in my neck of the woods has been decidedly warm lately.
That means, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside, roving the prairie with my pup, and, to be honest, writing more than drawing. Even so, the January/February 2017 newsletter focuses on winter (or what’s left of it), things you can do indoors, etc.
Jan/Feb Table of Contents
Sketching Tip: Sketching Snow
Artful Science: Tips for integrating drawing into university biology courses
Artful Classrooms: Winter Vocabulary
News & Events:
Webinar: Tips for working with an illustrator; 2/22
Poem published in Montana anthology
I’ve been elected chair-elect for ESA SciComm Section!
I’ve been busy working on illustrations for an exhibit of my “Ecologically True Story of the Tortoise and the Hare” project. As a result, I’m in a sketching mood, and I’ve started sending drawings hither and yon.
Last month’s sketching tip focused on making stickers from our drawings, as a way of making reproductions we could certainly share.
But this month, I’m in the mood for sharing with no intermediate process. So, I’m suggesting you sketch on the packages you mail, and illustrate the letters you send (and send a letter!). 🙂
Mid-semester, responsibilities, due dates, and life can feel overwhelming. But, taking breaks and doing “other” activities are essential strategies for fostering your own work and creative thought.
I’ve remarked many times that reading, writing, and drawing are three ways that I manage to ‘suspend’ time. In all three activities, my brain slips into a hyper-focused dimension in which I have no sense of time passing.
And while this brain space can be problematic when I have a finite amount of time for it, allowing ourselves to work and think outside of time is not just pleasurable, it’s really important.
After all, a body of research indicates that arts activities are often key to science breakthroughs.
This month’s newsletter shares a few perspectives on why and how to engage in leisure and arts activities.
I spent much of the summer contributing to/planning two summer teaching institutes at the University of Wyoming, working on an art-as-science research manuscript with some great collaborators in Canada’s Northwest Territories, and crafting some illustrations of native bees for a science ed/outreach initiative based in North Carolina. And most recently, I helped facilitate UW’s first ever SciArt Symposium, which was a fascinating blend of both fields.
Through it all, I’ve been thinking about my genuine interest in being a catalyst and idea-sharer, helping others access the pleasure and productive aspects of art-science integration.
And so, this month’s newsletter focuses on some of the ideas and info I’ve encountered and shared this summer, with an eye toward connecting you to others’ ideas.
September Table of Contents
Sketching Tip: Sketching at zoos and aquariums (guest tip!)
Artful Science: Stardom – Women in science and the arts
Artful Classrooms: Drawing in the Classroom – Ideas in practice
Sketchbook Snapshot: Experimenting through repetition
News & Events:
Illustrated greeting cards for staying in touch this summer
University of Wyoming Natural History Class – student workshop