Guiding a public program to make blind contour drawings of the oldest tree in New York City, with ecologist Georgia Silvera Seamans (on the left). Blind contour is a beginner’s exercise that produces artifacts of pure attention.

Rates and other details

Experience: For over two decades, I have taught scientific illustration and nature journaling at biological field stations, science museums, nature centers, art museums and arts centers, libraries, and other settings. I also teach as a visiting instructor in college and university biology and ecology classes as well as in high school biology classes. See below for a list of institutions where I have taught in the past, many of which offered repeat invitations.

Materials: I can provide all materials for participants with an added materials fee. Alternatively, I can provide a preferred materials list and participants can bring their own.

Group size: The nature drawing instruction programs work best for groups of six to fifteen participants. Art-science lectures and discussions can be offered for any size group.

Rates: I offer competitive rates that can be adjusted on a sliding scale. Rates will vary depending on requirements of the class, provision of materials, and other parameters. Let’s start a conversation!

Scientific Illustration Workshop at Highlands Biological Station

Current and Past Partnerships

Workshops and Visiting Lectures
At colleges and universities, biological field stations, museums, and other organizations, I have taught as a guest lecturer in science communication, art-science, scientific illustration, and other topics of science engagement. Partners have included the following:
Archbold Biological Station
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta College of Art (now Savannah College of Art & Design)
Avery Mitchell Correctional Institution
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Emory University, Department of Environmental Sciences
Highlands Biological Station
MacLeish Field Station, Smith College
Mayland Community College
Penland School of Craft (guest instructor with Hilary Waters Fayle)
Smith College Biology Department
Spelman College Biology Department
Spruill Center for the Arts
University of Georgia Costa Rica, San Luis de Monteverde
University of Massachusetts, Boston, Nantucket Field Station
Warren Wilson College  
Western Carolina University, Philosophy Department
Wofford College, Goodall Environmental Studies Center

K-12 Partnerships
I have designed and led citizen science and other science outreach collaborations with both public and private K-12 schools. Identifying curriculum standards aligned with the project and building strong partnerships is essential to this work. I have also taught nature journaling and scientific illustration as a visiting instructor in middle school and high school classroom settings. Partners include:
Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning
Atlanta Public Schools
Clarke County Schools
The Howard School
The Franklin School of Innovation
Paideia School

“Green Day” — a study of color mixing, from a workshop at Highlands Biological Station, NC