Come sketch with me at the Biodiversity Institute open house

 

If you missed my recent workshops – and you’re in Laramie, WY – you’re in luck!

I’ll be a guest artist at the Biodiversity Center’s open house Thursday, September 3rd. Come by to learn/practice some basic observational sketching skills you can use anywhere. This is a great activity for “non-artists” and artsy folks alike – really. Trust me.

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Drawn to…conferences? How sketching can enhance your science conference experience

A version of this article is cross-posted on the ESA SciComm Section’s site.

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Everyone can learn to sketch. Even you.

And there are plenty of reasons why you should seriously consider trying it like I advocated on http://www.crastina.se last month.

Researchers have demonstrated that drawing (even without training) can:

There is even evidence that collaboration between scientists and artists may result in better science. Continue reading Drawn to…conferences? How sketching can enhance your science conference experience

A quick sketch, because National Moth Week isn’t quite over

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It’s National Moth Week!

Since moths outnumber butterflies 11-to-1 in North America, there’s lots to see, get excited about, and…sketch!

There’s something particularly fun about sketching moths that are visible/active in daylight – moths like the clearwing sphinx moth (also known as the hummingbird moth). And, even the “millers” that flutter around houses so distractingly can make great subjects. Continue reading A quick sketch, because National Moth Week isn’t quite over

Drawn to the West: An “impossible” insect observation?

Cross-posted on www.drawntothewest.com
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There aren’t supposed to be any fireflies in Montana.

At least not the type that blink and flash in a mesmerizing stereotypical way. But, I’m getting ahead of myself, because when I saw fireflies flashing this summer, I didn’t know any of the science behind what I just told you. Continue reading Drawn to the West: An “impossible” insect observation?

An op-ed: Why scientists (even non-artists) should draw

Lots of data indicate drawing skills are: a) good for scientists, b) good for science, and c) something anyone can learn.

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A few months ago, I discovered www.crastina.se, which describes itself as “A networking platform for the exchange of knowledge, skills, experience and opinion regarding both scientific peer-to-peer communication and science dissemination.”

I learned about Crastina when its founder Olle Bergman invited me to write an op-ed. He asked me to write about my deep conviction that drawing skills should be part of the modern scientist’s toolkit, not just a bygone ability for which we are faintly nostalgic. Continue reading An op-ed: Why scientists (even non-artists) should draw