Drawn to Science & Sustainability workshop (Oct. 28)

I am really excited about this workshop – it’s taking the ‘Artful Science’ workshops I’ve been leading to a new level, by introducing and addressing the question of how to use drawing for professional work in sustainability design.

Please note: This is a late-breaking workshop, and is primarily for students at Chatham University. However, anyone in Pittsburgh, PA who is available and interested is welcome to join us.

Sketches of Mount Olympus cabinet of curiosities

Drawn to Science & Sustainability: a crash course in sketching and hand‐drafting tricks, tips, and techniques

Whether you are a trained scientist, a science educator, or a sustainability professional, you can enhance your work with a strong foundation in basic sketching techniques. This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will help you develop urban and/or nature sketching habits, visual note taking skills, and systems mapping tools. Join us as we look back at the historical connections between art and science and look forward to the usefulness of sketching for modern science and sustainability initiatives. Continue reading Drawn to Science & Sustainability workshop (Oct. 28)

October workshops: Increase Your Email Impact &/or Sketch Greek Myths

I’ll be leading two workshops next month – one on using emails for outreach and one on sketching inspired by Greek myths. See below for complete details, and I hope to see some of you at the workshops. And of course, feel free to spread the word and bring a friend!

Looking for a workshop near you? Check the calendar for upcoming workshops, or contact me to schedule a workshop in your area! Continue reading October workshops: Increase Your Email Impact &/or Sketch Greek Myths

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

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph reports on nature sketching workshop

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One of the participants in a recent “how to sketch nature” workshop I led turned out to be a journalist from the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. As she reports in the article:

“Participants went from blind sketching (we weren’t allowed to look at our drawing or lift pencil from paper while looking at the object we were trying to draw – a leaf, an acorn, a wine glass), to tracing, “frottage” (rubbing), and shadow drawing, and by the end of the evening we had all succeeded in producing pretty decent representations of the objects we had chosen to depict.

 

 

Drawn to Natural History: A sketching workshop in Quebec City

I’ll be leading a workshop on the synergy between art and science in a couple of weeks! If you’re in Quebec City and want to join us, scroll down for all the details.

Looking for a workshop near you? Check the calendar for upcoming workshops, or contact me to schedule a workshop in your area!

Polyphemous moth (02.2014)_sigDrawn to History: Exploring the synergy between art and the natural sciences.

Turn back time to an era when art and the natural sciences were inseparable!

Frog in pants_v4_rs_wmJoin local artist Bethann G. Merkle for a rare event held in the Morrin Centre’s Victorian-era science lab.

Following an illustrated talk with special emphasis on local natural history and scientists, you will enjoy a series of facilitated sketching and observation activities.

Bethann will teach you how to record your observations of nature specimens using a combination of sketches and notes. Continue reading Drawn to Natural History: A sketching workshop in Quebec City