November 2016 newsletter: SciArt Animation & Sharing

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Sharing SciArt can be fun for everyone!

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!). ūüôā

In general, this month’s newsletter focuses on ways of, and ideas for, sharing SciArt.

Enjoy and happy sharing!

November Table of Contents

  • Sketching Tip: Best practices & ways to share your SciArt
  • Artful Science:¬†Animating your SciArt
  • Artful Classrooms:¬†Sharing Inspiration
  • Sketchbook Snapshot:¬†Tortoise & Hare sketches from illustrations in-progress
  • News & Events:
    • Get your holiday cards and gifts from me! ūüôā
    • Drawn to Wildlife (sketching for scientists workshop, hosted by the Wildlife Society, Wyoming Chapter)
    • Tortoise and Hare project update: new project website & spring exhibition dates selected
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October 2016 Newsletter: Exploring creative thinking (downtime, research & more)

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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.

Enjoy and happy thinking!

October Table of Contents

  • Sketching Tip:¬†Reproduceability – Packing tape transfers
  • Artful Science:¬†Creativity Research
  • Artful Classrooms:¬†Necessary Leisure
  • Sketchbook Snapshot:¬†Experimenting through repetition
  • News & Events:
    • Illustrated greeting cards for staying in touch¬†with folks as autumn hits full-stride
    • Drawn to Wildlife (sketching for scientists workshop, hosted by the Wildlife Society, Wyoming Chapter)
    • Bee Germs illustrations are live!
    • University of Wyoming SciArt Symposium follow-up

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September 2016 Newsletter: Making Connections through SciArt

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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.

Happy sketching!

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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
    • Bee Germs illustrations are live!
    • University of Wyoming SciArt Symposium follow-up

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August 2016 Newsletter: Taste of Summer

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August Table of Contents

  • Sketching Tip: Shading with color
  • Artful Science:¬†Summer in a Glass
  • Artful Classrooms:¬†Tasty Osmosis
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Homegrown sketches
  • News & Events:
    • Illustrated greeting cards for staying in touch this summer
    • University of Wyoming SciArt Symposium
    • National Park Service/UW residency outcomes

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July 2016 Newsletter: Getting buggy

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July Table of Contents

  • Sketching Tip: 4 insect sketching tips
  • Artful Science: Biomimicry illustrated
  • Artful Classrooms: National Moth Week opportunities
  • Sketchbook Snapshot:¬†“Buggy” sketches & illustrated cards
  • News & Events:
    • Illustrated greeting cards for staying in touch this summer
    • UW English 1010 teaching colloquium
    • Best Environmental Story award
    • Rocky Mountain Front research
    • National Park Service/UW residency

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