Introduction to Scientific Illustration - 4 credit college course
Gain confidence in observing form while working with subjects from the natural world to document and interpret what you see. An introduction to the practice of natural science illustration is complemented by critique sessions allowing students to discuss and respond to each other’s work. Build observational and visual interpretation skills while exploring illustration using a variety of techniques including graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor.
The focus of this fundamental course is drawing; from gestural sketching to precision rendering of illustrations. Each student is given the opportunity to render selected subjects in a variety of demonstrated techniques.
Sharon Birzer is a natural science illustrator whose artwork is inspired by organisms and diverse ecosystems in places such as the Pacic Northwest. In her work, Sharon employs close observation and utilizes traditional media as well as digital tools. She shows her work nationally and internationally. Sharon holds a BFA from Cornish College, an MFA from the UW and has studied Natural Science Illustration at the UW. She has created illustration work for exhibits and publications for places such as the Seattle Art Museum and The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. As a 2017 Civita Institute Fellow she documented her observations of the natural world in a remote hill town and surrounding canyon in Italy.
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Summer 2018 quarter, First Session, taught by Sharon Birzer
Olympia Campus, Evergreen State College
Monday/Thursday, 9am-5pm (July 2, 5, 9, 12) and Monday July 16, 10am-2pm
image credit: Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus, detail, watercolor, 20 x 32”, c. Sharon Birzer