Science Illustration & Natural History Art

Workshops

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I love to share what I do and am available to teach classes and workshops. I've taught workshops on Field Sketching and Adobe Creative Suite for adults. I can customize these workshops to specific needs or do something new. I encourage you to get in touch with me. 

To learn more about my classes for kids see Artists in Schools.

Field Sketching

Sketching from life, preferably in the field when weather permits, is the heart and soul of my practice as an artist. Spending time outside with your sketchbook is a unique way to interact with the landscape and to study nature. Field sketching is also a wonderful medium for sharpening observation skills and for building a visual vocabulary.

A typical workshop covers materials and techniques for working quickly in the field as well as exercises for drawing accurately from life. Students focus on the landscape up close and far away, explore how to tell stories, and keep a journal of  informative observations. There is no experience necessary to participate in a field sketching workshop and all levels are welcome. 

2014 Workshop:

I am only teaching one workshop this year:

June 20-22 Natural History Field Sketching in McCarthy, AK at the Wrangell Mountains Center.

 

2013 Workshops:

June 14-16 Field Sketching Workshop in Valdez, AK (Prince William Sound Community College)

August 3-4 Field Sketching Workshop in Talkeetna, AK (Alaska Folk School)

August 20-24 Field Sketching in McCarthy, AK (Wrangell Mountains Center)

September 6-8 Petersburg Rainforest Festival, AK


Adobe Creative Suite

I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign a great deal in my work. I've taught 2-3 day workshops that introduce these programs for the Copper River Watershed Project and Prince William Sound Science Center  in Cordova and for the National Park Service Interpretive Staff in Glennallen. I'd be happy to come into your workplace or organization to help build a foundation and sharpen skills for your graphic and design needs. 

Sample Schedule:

  • Day 1 am: asic Design Principles, Using Photoshop (How to edit photos and get them print ready)
  • pm: Using Illustrator (Intro to making Vector art)
  • Day 2 am: In Design (Placing images from Photoshop and Illustrator, using type and text. Class builds brochure together)
  • pm: Time to work on independent projects, finish brochure from morning, and ask questions
  • Day 3: ndividual meetings with students and me addressing specific projects or answering questions.