April/May 2015 Newsletter: SciArt Inspiration

It’s spring for real in my part of the world. So this month’s newsletter focuses on just that.

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This Month’s Table of Contents:

  • Sketching tip: Starting simply (core tools/materials)
  • Artful Science: A fascinating SciArt collaboration involving university faculty in an unscripted two-week collaboration experiment
  • Artful Classrooms: A nature sketching curriculum replete with drawing tips, suggestions for how to critique student sketches, and more
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Mountain West springtime means flowers and thunderstorms
  • News & Events: I have several workshops coming up, there’s a new outlet for my syndicated illustrated column, and I recently published a photo essay about eating meat.
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February/March 2015 newsletter: Cold weather sketching adventures

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Table of Contents

  • Sketching tip: Planning for outdoor sketching
  • Artful Science: Value of drawing for science (according to American Natural History Museum)
  • Artful Classrooms: Research shows drawing is a valuable aspect of teaching and learning.
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Sketching in the Northwest Territories
  • News & Events
    • June workshop in Glacier National Park
    • Illustrations published on buzzhootroar.com
    • What I learned drawing fish and plants

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?

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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”