Sketching Tip: How to draw 8 specific things, in winter

Coniferous tree silhouettes in native forest preserve (Île-aux-Grues, Quebec)

“Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.” -Andy Goldsworthy

But, how do you draw it?!

As anyone who has stared at a wintry scene knows, winter poses a unique set of drawing dilemmas and opportunities.

Some of the hurdles were identified by Harvard students and faculty during ‘Drawn to Science’ and ‘Drawn to the Landscape’ courses I led in January. Thanks to the enthusiasm and curiosity of those students, I had a great excuse to go looking for specific answers. I mined reference books and online resources, and have come up with recommendations for how to meet these winter sketching challenges.

Here’s what we were grappling with in Petersham, Mass. Please do feel free to share more suggestions and references in the comments!

  1. Drawing trees in a forest of trees
  2. Drawing trees, branches, rocks, fences, and other things with snow piled on them.
  3. Drawing ice (on something and on/in water)
  4. Drawing a sunset/clouds without color
  5. Drawing tracks in the snow
  6. Making things look 3-dimensional
  7. How to draw curvy surfaces (such as plant leaves)

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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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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.