Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises and Hares in the Kenyan Highlands

This is my first trip to Kenya, and to Africa more generally. So far, it has been a fascinating blend of rural and urban, English and Swahili (and with it a reminder that learning a language isn’t a one-month project), and wildlife, plants, and landscapes utterly unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

I’ve come to the Kenyan Highlands in exactly the right season. It’s the rainy season, and out of ten days so far, yesterday was the only day without rain. This consistent rainfall makes all the difference for my chances of seeing tortoises. They tend to only be visible this time of year. Continue reading Sketchbook Snapshot: Tortoises and Hares in the Kenyan Highlands

April 2016 newsletter: “Drawing enhances memory” + summer reading ideas

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April Table of Contents

  • Sketching Tip: Plan ahead
  • Artful Science: Research article-drawing improves memory
  • Artful Classrooms: Tips for facilitating sketching in the classroom
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Prepping for East Africa
  • News & Events:
    – Order fulfillment suspended April 29-May 31
    – Co-teaching at two educator professional development institutes
    – Writing projects online + summer workshops

What do science writing and sketching have to do with each other? Wyoming EPSCoR asked me…

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I was recently interviewed for the Wyoming EPSCoR program’s blog.

In addition to a number of questions specific to the nature of sketching workshops I teach, Jess White from EPSCoR asked a thought-provoking question about how drawing contributes to my writing. It was a question I’d never consciously considered before, and I was delighted to be compelled to do so.

Little of that aspect of the interview made it into the final article, which is how interviews often go – there’s only room for so much, and no matter how interesting a tangent may be, it may not sync well with the dominant theme of the article.

So, here’s the “how sketching influences my writing” out-take.

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Mini-workshop: Using Analog Technology (Art!) to Teach Science

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I’ll be teaching a mini-workshop/crash course/ intro session on Wednesday at the University of Wyoming. We don’t have enough time to get too deep into skill-building (only 1.5 hours), so this session aims to get you excited about the idea of building skills (or resurrecting latent skills).

Teaching with Technology Series: Drawn to Science-Using Analog Technology (Art!) to Teach Science:

3/30/2016 ● 12:00-1:30 pm ● Coe Library 506 ● lunch provided for registered participants

Register here.

Hosted by: Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Wyoming

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December 2016 newsletter: “Sketching in” the New Year

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December Table of Contents

  • Sketching Tip: Highlights from 2015
  • Artful Science: Highlights from 2015
  • Artful Classrooms: Highlights from 2015
  • Sketchbook Snapshot: Sketching insects at the Arizona Science Center
  • News & Events: my illustrated greeting cards make great gifts!