SciArt: How do I get into a career like yours?

What would you say to someone who asked you how to go about making your own career goals a reality for themself?

Is there a SciArt career road map?
Is there a SciArt career road map?

I’ve been pondering that question since the ‘Sketching for Scientists’ course I recently taught for the faculty at Harvard Forest. For a sense of context, that session was a highlight among the many SciArt workshops and classes I have taught in the past few years, for a few specific reasons. Continue reading “SciArt: How do I get into a career like yours?”

January 2015 newsletter: Seeing the world anew

CommNatural Newsletter Header (2014)Since it’s January, this month’s newsletter

focuses on seeing the world anew.

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Click image to view January 2015 newsletter.

This Month’s Table of Contents:

  • Sketching tip: Museum visit-one piece at a time
  • Artful Science: Enhance your observation skills by drawing
  • Artful Classrooms: Mapping as a way of making meaning
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Arizona’s Sonoran Desert
  • CommNatural Calendar

The CommNatural newsletter is distinct from my blog.

So click here to view and click here to subscribe. Curious what’s the difference? Here’s a straight forward breakdown.

 

Resources: Sketching, learning by drawing, and more

Des bateaus et Bassin Louise (10.13.2012)_factory & dry dock_c_sig_rsCross-posted at Advancing EcoComm

*This list is dynamic, and in-development. Feel free to make suggestions (use the comments section or contact me directly) re additional resources and great examples that should be included.


INSPIRATION

LEARN TO DRAW & IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS

Continue reading “Resources: Sketching, learning by drawing, and more”

Drawn to (natural) History

What do the invention of watercolor, one-point perspective, and the rubber eraser have to do with the history of science? 

And what does any of that have to do with learning to sketch?

Making a shadow drawing during a 'Drawn to Natural History' workshohp
Workshop participant creating a shadow drawing

Last week, nearly 20 people joined me to explore the answers to these questions. We made a hands-on dash through the history of art and science.  In addition to an illustrated talk that highlighted both artistic and science technology advances through the ages, we explored a wide range of sketching techniques that even non-artists can use. Even the skeptics in the group were sketching by the end (scroll down for details). Continue reading “Drawn to (natural) History”

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph reports on nature sketching workshop

Drawn to natural history_QCT_screenshot (09.17.2014)
Click image to view article.

One of the participants in a recent “how to sketch nature” workshop I led turned out to be a journalist from the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. As she reports in the article:

“Participants went from blind sketching (we weren’t allowed to look at our drawing or lift pencil from paper while looking at the object we were trying to draw – a leaf, an acorn, a wine glass), to tracing, “frottage” (rubbing), and shadow drawing, and by the end of the evening we had all succeeded in producing pretty decent representations of the objects we had chosen to depict.