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?

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”

Dear Digit: Social media & intellectual property – madness or genius?

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Nov/Dec. 2013

“Dear Digit, I’ve been hearing a lot about how posting my images on social media can mean I am giving away my rights to them. What’s up with that?”

 On planet Earth, technology is increasingly an essential tool and a phenomenal distraction.  For some, technology is the nemesis –the necessary evil – while for others, it is a golden brush.  Regardless of whether you are an early-adopter or a content Luddite, the rate at which the digital world is evolving leaves us all with questions. Continue reading “Dear Digit: Social media & intellectual property – madness or genius?”