Short Course: An introduction to Scientific Illustration

Sat Nov 07 2020 at 09:30 am to Sun Nov 08 2020 at 05:00 pm
Citadel Hill Laboratory, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Citadel Hill Laboratory, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Running for the 6th year now, this course always receives outstanding feedback from participants and fills up quickly, so make sure you book early to secure your place!

Course Description: 

You will be introduced to the world of scientific and natural history illustration, with a focus on marine and coastal wildlife. The course will introduce a variety of drawing techniques, materials as well as how and why to use illustration to help document scientific observations and show concepts and processes. Over the two day course, everyone will begin to develop their own sketch books to keep and keep track of your own personal development. 

The unique course venue allows access to a variety of different fascinating subjects, expertise and equipment, a field trip to the National Marine Aquarium will allow participants to study and capture moving subjects. 

The medium used during the course will primarily be pencil. All equipment, including a range of paper types will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own preferred resources, ideas and subjects.

The course will include a combination of life drawing from specimens and microscopy, as well as basic introductions to: digitisation of sketches; drawing materials and equipment; the history of scientific illustration.

Course Tutor: Marc Dando (Wild Nature Press)Marc Dando has always balanced art and science, first at school and then at university where he completed an honours degree in Zoology at Nottingham University. On finishing his degree course he moved into a career as a graphic designer. After many successful years in commercial graphics an opportunity occurred to work on various natural history projects, initially in design, but finally into his passion for wildlife illustration.

Marc has worked in wildlife illustration, mainly marine, for 20 years, and in that capacity has worked alongside many eminent scientists. Books he has worked on include: Sealife: a complete guide to the marine environment; Sharks of the World and further projects for the FAO and IFAW.  Alongside the more traditional watercolour, pencil and pen and ink Marc uses computer-based illustration in his work. This work has been used for a series of children’s field guide books, posters, displays and detailed illustrations for guides used around the world. When time allows, he works on more artistic pieces with its inspiration always from nature. His work has been seen in Monaco and The Mall Galleries in London but the majority of his work is publication based and is only occasionally seen outside of books, field guide literature and magazines.

Visit Marc's website to see some of his work. 

Who should attend? The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in drawing wildlife for personal interest or scientific record taking or interpretation. In particular, those studying biological sciences, researchers and science communicators, teachers and amateur naturalists would particularly benefit.

MBA members receive a generous discount on all MBA organised training courses. If you are not already a member, you can join here before registering to receive a discounted rate.

Please be aware that if you are aged 16 - 18, you will be required to bring a permission form with you signed by a responsible parent or guardian to the event in order to participate. To obtain a copy of the form please email: events | mba ! ac ! uk

Anyone 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult - We are able to offer a reduced rate for accompanying adults, so please get in touch for more details.

What is included? The course fee includes all course materials, parking at the laboratory, packed lunch and tea and coffee throughout. By paying to participate in this course, you will be supporting the wider educational work of the Marine Biological Association.

The 2 day course will run from 09:30 - 17:00 Saturday and 09:30 - 17:00 Sunday.

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