In an audio interview and this edited transcript, Wyoming Public Radio reporter London Homer-Wambeam interviewed me about an art-science integration paper I co-authored.
In the peer-reviewed article, Poetry as a Creative Practice to Enhance Engagement and Learning in Conservation Science, co-authors and I point to evidence-based examples of how poetry can be a powerful learning, reflection, and creativity-enhancing tool in science classrooms and scientists’ regular practice.
Read the interview transcript
here. Read the ‘poetry and science’ paper here.
Me (left) teaching a #sketchingforscientists workshop in Laramie, Wyoming
I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent that was a personal attack against a well-known and successful science communicator and neuroscientist active on Instagram and other communication and engagement platforms. Among other things, I see this issue as relating to insecurities, negative social conditioning, and lack of support that folks often face when pursuing careers in the arts, or even considering trying out an art form. Science op-ed Continue reading I don’t usually post selfies, but that’s about to change. OR, some things #scientistswhoselfie and #sketchyourscience have in common.
There’s a lot of SciArt out there, as you can see by this Google Image search for the term “#sciart”.
A few weeks ago, a friend wrote and asked me: “What natural history illustrators/artist-scientists would you want to use to inspire youth/adults to love nature, art, and science?”
Oh, was I excited to answer the question!
Here are a handful of the natural history SciArtists I recommended:
And, here are a couple of books that can get you rolling with even more ideas & inspiring SciArtists:
Field Notes on Science and Nature -essays with field note examples from about 10 different people who do field work and use field journals/notebooks.
The Heyday of Natural History – great investigation of how the pursuit of natural history became a popular past time and then developed into specialized science I want to read this one:
Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower: Artists’ Books and the Natural World.
Sketching any time, any where, gets easier with practice. But planning for sketching helps, too.
Having materials ready means I can grab the appropriate (and/or most convenient) set-up and be ready to go at a moment’s notice.
And, having sketching materials along means I’m way more likely to sketch!
Along with some sort of sketchbook, I always have one of these kits in my pocket, purse, or backpack when I leave the house.
Continue reading Sketching Tip: Being ready to sketch (or, handy portable sketching materials)