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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Workshop: Drawn to Wildlife

Drawn to Wildlife: Sketching for Scientists Cody, Wyoming 11/17/2016 ● 12:30-4:00 pm ● Lab, Draper Natural History Museum● limited to 25 participants This hands-on workshop for wildlife biologists will take place during The Wildlife Society’s Wyoming chapter annual meeting. Participants will be be introduced to a suite of foundational sketching techniques, and will include discussion of materials and strategies … Continue reading Workshop: Drawn to Wildlife

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Artful Science: Creativity Research

There’s a lot of research into creativity and critical thinking. What’s particularly relevant are studies looking at how arts integration can influence, and often enhance, both creativity and critical thinking beyond the arts. Below, I’ve quoted four articles that speak to this point, but there are many others. Get in touch for more!     1. … Continue reading Artful Science: Creativity Research

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