Jan/Feb 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Snow sketching, winter vocabulary & more

Happy not-quite-spring, dear readers! Although we’re a long way from actual spring, the weather in my neck of the woods has been decidedly warm lately. That means, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside, roving the prairie with my pup, and, to be honest, writing more than drawing. Even so, the January/February 2017 newsletter … Continue reading Jan/Feb 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Snow sketching, winter vocabulary & more

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Sketchbook Snapshot: taking a closer look at winter vocabulary

Though many a northerner might beg to differ with Robert Frost’s somewhat flippant statement – “You can’t get too much winter in the winter” – there is a truth to the poet’s words that became evident when I looked into winter vocabulary. Wintry word origins According to etymologyonline.com, the word winter likely derives from a … Continue reading Sketchbook Snapshot: taking a closer look at winter vocabulary

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Suggestions for integrating drawing into university-level biology courses

I’m collaborating with the coordinator of our university’s undergraduate Animal Biology labs this semester. She is interested in integrating drawing more fully and effectively into the work that instructors and students do in those labs. And so, we’ve been talking about how to introduce drawing to TAs and students, and how to integrate it in … Continue reading Suggestions for integrating drawing into university-level biology courses

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Sketchbook Snapshot: Lunch Biodiversity

First, a quick bit of context: I’m curating the @IAmSciArt account on Twitter this week. And, a week dedicated to #sciart conversations with the friendly and creative folks of the interwebs strikes me as a fantastic way to kick off 2017. So far today, we’ve discussed SciArt-related time management and habits, such as scheduling time … Continue reading Sketchbook Snapshot: Lunch Biodiversity

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November 2016 newsletter: SciArt Animation & Sharing

Sharing SciArt can be fun for everyone! I’ve been busy working on illustrations for an exhibit of my “Ecologically True Story of the Tortoise and the Hare” project. As a result, I’m in a sketching mood, and I’ve started sending drawings hither and yon. Last month’s sketching tip focused on making stickers from our drawings, … Continue reading November 2016 newsletter: SciArt Animation & Sharing

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News: SciArt for Children

  For almost a year now, I’ve been contributing natural history and science illustrations+text to a gorgeous children’s magazine called root & star. My pieces have provided artful science-based exposure to fur, fish nests, chicken language, and coming soon, things that live in/under snow! In the next year, I’ll focus on natural history collections, raccoon “hands,” … Continue reading News: SciArt for Children

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Sketchbook Snapshot: illustrating tortoises and hares

“Too much importance cannot be given to drawing, as it is not only an excellent device for securing close observation, but it is also a rapid method of making valuable notes.” Inspired by Louis Agassiz, the Harvard Committee of Ten insisted that drawing be an essential part of science education at their institution. While this … Continue reading Sketchbook Snapshot: illustrating tortoises and hares

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October 2016 Newsletter: Exploring creative thinking (downtime, research & more)

Mid-semester, responsibilities, due dates, and life can feel overwhelming. But, taking breaks and doing “other” activities are essential strategies for fostering your own work and creative thought. I’ve remarked many times that reading, writing, and drawing are three ways that I manage to ‘suspend’ time. In all three activities, my brain slips into a hyper-focused dimension in which … Continue reading October 2016 Newsletter: Exploring creative thinking (downtime, research & more)

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Sketching Tip: Reproducibility

Reproducible methods (and results) are a key part of rigorous science. And reproducing art has been part of doing art for centuries. So this month’s tip is a easy and cheap way to make reproductions of your own SciArt. Make your own SciArt stickers. You might recognize this as “packing tape transfers.” I learned this … Continue reading Sketching Tip: Reproducibility

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