Eagle Hill Institute’s Summer Scientific Illustration 2019

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July 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to July 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

Eagle Hill is on the coast of eastern Maine between Acadia National Park and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. 

Jul 7 – 13 … Graphite Illustration: Mastering 3-Dimentionality and Composition - Teacher: Susannah Graedel

Graphite is an ideal medium for portraying natural science subjects with a life-like 3-dimensionality. Students will produce arresting portraits by mastering the technique of applying graphite in gradual layers to produce the subtle continuous silver tone seen in old photographs. Botanical and natural science artists since the Renaissance have employed the traditional light source that comes from the upper left to communicate a 3-dimensional work. Students will learn to intuitively light their portraits in this way, freeing them from dependency on an artificial light source in the studio. Scientific journal editors and jurors of botanical art exhibits typically expect this light source to be used by natural science illustrators. As they explore the trails and the beach on the Eagle Hill Reserve, students will discover shells

Jul 21 – 27 … Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil - Teacher: Dorie Petrochko

This one-week seminar will introduce students to the fascinating world of drawing and painting birds. To better understand how birds behave and how to draw them, a basic foundation of avian anatomy will be introduced using taxidermy mounts from the College of the Atlantic’s natural history collection. We will learn how to observe the structure and form of various bird species by field sketching birds and drawing from live video cams. A pair of binoculars, a small field painting kit with graphite pencils, micron pens, a small watercolor set and colored pencils, is all you will need to render successful bird studies. Hands-on demonstrations and field trips will be included, (We will venture out to Birdsacre, a sanctuary in Ellsworth, Maine to sketch live birds) as well as individual guided instruction and critiques. Each participant will produce a finished portrait of his/her bird of choice in its habitat.

See the online flyer with links to individual scientific illustration seminar information.

For general information and a calendar of all seminars, see … https://www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/nhs-calendar.shtml

[email protected]… 207-546-2821 Ext 4

Eagle Hill Institute
The Institute is a 501(c)(3) scientific and literary nonprofit organization which is dedicated to contributing to a greater interest in scholarly and educational pursuits, especially in the natural history sciences. It maintains an interdisciplinary focus in order to better understand complex relationships among disciplines. Its mission is international in scope. In pursuing its mission, the Institute recognizes that greater interests in scholarly and educational pursuits is something that everyone benefits from.

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Turtle © Susannah Graedel
Atlantic Puffin © Dorie Petrochko