Workshops

Following the core conference, there will be half-day and full-day workshops exploring traditional and digital media in depth. Traditional workshops will draw on exciting techniques – from silk painting to paper sculpting to silverpoint and scratchboard – and exciting subjects, with three different live animal drawing classes, plein-air sketching and insect drawing from specimens. In the digital realm, we will explore augmented reality, 3D modeling, animation, digital painting techniques, and more.

Questions? Contact the Workshop coordinator.

©2005, Karen Ackoff; detail, Tlingit Whale by Karen Ackoff. Watercolor with egg binder on Arches hot press watercolor paper.

KAREN ACKOFF

Technique Smorgasbord

Length: 8hrs

Max Enrollment: 12

Price: $115 (includes materials fee)

This workshop will cover 3 different techniques - silverpoint, ink wash (moist brush technique) and contemporary egg tempera. There will be a demonstration and handouts for each technique, and participants will have time to try each technique in order to understand both the characteristics of the technique and how the medium handles.

Prerequisites: Some knowledge of art materials is useful, but everyone is welcome.

Materials: I can provide a PDF of this list.

Silverpoint

A silverpoint stylus and several swatches of prepared paper will be provided to each participant.

Ink Wash (Moist Brush Technique)

Participants should bring:

  • Bottle of black waterproof ink.
    • Suggested brands: are Koh-I-Nohr universal black, Pelikan yellow label black (Label should read “Drawing Ink A”), or an Acrylic ink in black (brands such as FW or Liquitex). No Speedball inks or non-waterproof inks.
  • Eyedropper
  • Watercolor brushes with good points. Suggested sizes: 00, 1, and 2.
  • 8 small glass or plastic containers such as babyfood jars (paper cups will do). Containers should hold approximately 2 ounces of liquid (or more).
  • Rag for wiping brushes
  • Small sheet of hot press watercolor paper – Arches Lanaquarelle (no Fabriano). 140 lb (or heavier). Size: approximately 9 x 12.
  • Backing board – foam core or cardboard, slightly larger than watercolor paper
  • Light tack tape
  • Sharpie marker

Contemporary Egg Tempera

Eggs will be provided. Participants should bring:

  • Set of watercolors – recommended: Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, Sennelier. Other artist-grade watercolors are okay. Please include tube of titanium or zinc white (no Chinese white).
  • Watercolor brushes with good points. Suggested sizes: 00, 1, and 2. (Can use the same brushes used for ink wash; brush cleaner will be available for use).
  • Palette – porcelain or plastic
  • Rag for wiping brushes
  • Water container
  • Small container, plastic or glass, such as babyfood jar for egg solution
  • Small sheet of hot press watercolor paper – Arches or Lanaquarelle
  • Backing board – foam core or cardboard, slightly larger than watercolor paper.

A small drawing of a shell, plant or other natural object made ahead of time will speed your work. Please bring a sheet of transfer paper (Saral or home-made) with you. Bring the usual drawing materials, such as pencils, erasers, etc. Tracing paper is useful for protecting finished studies.

Optional: desk lamp and extension cord.

Workshop registration cost includes materials fee to pay for one silverpoint stylus (provided by instructor).

If participants have any questions about materials, please contact me at ackoffk@me.com, at least one week before the conference.

©2014 Linda M. Feltner; Sketchbook page of Gopher Tortoise.

© 2016 Linda M. Feltner; Watercolor Pencil sketch on brown paper, Great Horned Owl.

© 2016 PSavage; Greetings. Mourning Dove and Carolina Wren. Patricia Savage. Carbon and pastel dust. 2016.




©2016, Margret Mueller; Sketching at Sunset Beach. Drawing pens and watercolor.

Sizing Up Sharks, the Lords of the Sea - National Geographic online interactive, Fernando Baptista and Daisy Chung ©2016


©2017 Andrew Swift iSO-FORM; Sculpting Ants! A ZBrush workshop with Andrew Swift. (Solenopsis sp.) is depicted.

LINDA M FELTNER

Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians: Live & (almost) Loose in the Classrooom!

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 18

Price: $88 (includes live animals fee)

Calm and elegant, busy or drowsy, the assortment of models may include o’possums, groundhogs, turtles, alligators, and amphibians! What a great gathering of animals native to the eastern U.S., all brought into the class to model. Remember that enthralling Virginia O’possum in Savannah? This assortment allows us to observe details or study the whole body form. Linda will share her favorite techniques, methods and observational approaches, along with discussions on adaptations to the environment.

Prerequisites:

Materials:

  • Sketch book
  • Pencils, variety of hardness
  • manual pencil sharpener (live animals sometimes do not like electric noises)

Optional:

  • binoculars with close-focusing ability
  • camera
  • colored pencils, watercolor pencils, drawing pens

Workshop registration cost includes fee to pay for live animals brought to the classroom.

LINDA M FELTNER

Bird Drawing: Live in the Classroom!

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 18

Price: $88 (Includes live animals fee)

Once again, Linda will bring live birds into classroom to allow close-up observation and drawing of mesmerizing birds of prey. A feast for the eyes and heart, a diverse array of Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks, Peregrine Falcon, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, as well as the diminutive Eastern Screech Owl are all possible. Such variety provides comparison of adaptations and avian anatomy. Critically looking at form, balance and movement will aid us in developing sketches. Linda will share her favorite techniques and observational approaches for sketching live animals. Remind yourself why you love drawing animals!

Prerequisites:

Materials:

  • Sketch book
  • Pencils, variety of hardness
  • manual pencil sharpener (live animals sometimes do not like electric noises)

Optional:

  • binoculars with close-focusing ability
  • camera
  • colored pencils, watercolor pencils, drawing pens.

Workshop registration cost includes materials fee to pay for live animals brought to the classroom.

PATRICIA LINN SAVAGE

Beautiful, Luminous Gray

Length: 4hrs

Max Enrollment: 15

Price: $50

Creating Subtle and Luminous Muted Color

Muted, harmonious color should be the majority of a painting. These colors provide the eye with restful passages. Properly done, saturated color can then brilliantly vibrate against these subtle hues. Students will initially explore the relationships between warm and cool hues and then progress to complementary color using the triadic palette. Muted colors can be quite frustrating to mix. Artists often find that when mixed, their paints create muddied tones that don’t work. Our goal is how to produce clear, clean browns, and grays and greens that are luminously nuanced.

Prerequisites: None.

Materials: Students should bring any additional watercolor paints that they own and wish to experiment with.

Instructor will supply for students to purchase:

Watercolor brushes.

Students are asked to bring: $6

MARGRET MUELLER

No-Fear Sketching en Plein Air

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 15

Price: $71 (Includes materials fee)

Margret's mantra is "Anywhere you look, there is a potential painting".

This workshop will address the many anxieties that may be keeping you from going outside to sketch. We will discuss art materials, physical comfort, turning off your inner critic, choosing sites/subjects, and more. An in-class discussion will be followed by working outdoors, with personal attention given to each of you as you sketch. We will finish with a brief sketchbook show-and-tell and conversation about our outcomes.

Prerequisites: A basic level of comfort with traditional drawing and painting tools

Materials:

  • Compact pan-style watercolor box (not too many colors).
  • Brushes you like, plus a waterbrush or two (barrel water reservoir with a built-in brush tip).
  • Drawing pens (Derwent Graphik, Sakura Micron, Pilot Razor, etc.)
  • Drawing pencils in a few different grades
  • Dozen or so various soft colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Lightweight portable folding stool
  • Fanny pack or other small bag for carrying supplies
  • Small sealable water container to rinse brushes.

Workshop registration cost includes materials fee to pay for one sketchbook (provided by instructors).

DAISY CHUNG

After Effects: Duik Rigging and Animation Tools

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 18

Price: $50

This workshop will help you become familiar with Duik, a comprehensive animation and rigging script that is 100% FREE for Adobe After Effects.

We will cover the fundamentals of planning and designing characters for rigging, the process that gives characters realistic movements using inverse kinematics. We will also go over other additional tools Duik has to offer that allow you to animate objects more quickly and easily. We will explore a special feature of Duik, the cel animation tool, which lets us create traditional frame-by-frame animation more easily. Exercise files will be provided for participants to follow along, but you are welcome to bring your own art files that you would like to animate.

Material list:

  • Wacom tablet (optional)

ANDREW SWIFT

Sculpting an ant in ZBrush 4R7

Length: 8hrs

Max Enrollment: 12

Price: $100

Using ZBrush 4R7 participants will sculpt an ant with the aid orthographic views obtained from the website AntWeb.org. Users will then arrange the ant into a realistic pose and apply a rendering scenario with didactic color suitable for labeling in photoshop.

The goal of the workshop is to practice ZBrush fundamentals and to familiarize participants with a sculpting and rendering workflow which they can use in future projects. In addition to reinforcing key fundamentals of ZBrush this workshop will focus on these functionalities: Dynamesh, ZRemesher, Transpose tool, Masking, Polygrouping, Sculpting and Rendering.

The presenter will provide links to specific online tutorials for participants to review in advance of the class to practice fundamentals in order to maximize learning the day of the workshop.

Have a look at the Antweb (https://www.antweb.org) and see what great source material we have to work with! This is going to be a really fun project!

Prerequisites: To make the most of the class users will be provided specific video tutorials and encouraged to obtain proficiency in particular ZBrush fundamentals prior to the workshop.

Materials:

  • wacom tablet (optional)

1978, Nancy Halliday, graphite pencil; Aberdeen Angus bull.




"Sweet Oasis" Noronha skink pollinating coral tree, Trachylepis atlantica and Erythrina velutina, cut paper sculpture. ©2014 Tiffany Miller Russell, Photography by Mel Schockner






©2016 Kathy Schermer-Gramm







©2015 MECarsley, Hawksmoth; Night Moths, Mary Ellen Carsley, Silk Painting, 2015.

2000, Scott Rawlins; Fresh From the Garden!




Pinnacles National Park (animation), Brooke Weiland. To view animation go to http://www.brookeweiland.com/15.html

1986, by Trudy Nicholson, Courtesy of Trudy Nicholson; Title: detail of Golden Lion Tamarins (Leontideus rosalia). Medium: ink on scratchboard.


















©2016 Ikumi Kayama.; Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Male. Regulus satrapa. Photoshop.











© 2015, photo by Nico Porcaro, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution; Augmented Reality mobile app Skin & Bones is used to augment a mandrill skeleton with a 3D model of its external anatomy, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.



The role of symbiotic microbes in red turpentine beetle invasion. Illustration by Tara Benson and Christie Newman. ©2016 Annual Reviews

NANCY R. HALLIDAY

Sketching Farmyard Animals

Length: 8hrs

Max Enrollment: 20

Price: $100

The farm environment at the 2017 conference provides us with an unprecedented opportunity for sketching placid birds and animals that can be easily moved into positions for maximum viewing. We will begin by sketching skeletal material in the laboratory to become familiar with internal structure, then proceed to drawing live animals outdoors for the rest of the day.

Prerequisites: No

Materials:

  • drawing board
  • drawing paper and/or sketch pad
  • pencils, ranging from 2H to 6B or softer
  • erasers of your choice
  • metric rulers
  • hat
  • comfortable shoes
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle

TIFFANY MILLER RUSSELL

Color, Pattern, and Texture: Creating Illustrations in Cut Paper Sculpture

Length: 8 hrs

Max Enrollment: 15

Price: $120 (Includes materials fee)

Paper is more than a substrate; it can be a beautiful, eye-catching media of its own. Discover possibilities in this versatile media that can create looks from bold graphic styles to lifelike effects that are mistaken for the real thing. Combine collage, cutting and sculpting techniques to take your art into the third dimension while exploring a new palette of textures and colors found in handmade papers from around the world. Create your own cut paper sculpture as we cover tips for layering, scoring, shaping forms, choosing papers and building supporting structures. We’ll finish with a discussion of care and presentation of the finished sculpture. Please bring your own references and a basic simplified drawing to work from.

Prerequisites: No

Materials:

  • Simple drawing to work from, prepared at 8" x 10"
  • Craft knife N-style blades (Excel brand recommended)
  • Small cutting mat ~ 9” x 12”
  • Tweezers, fine pointed, non-locking
  • Bone folder or bone needle
  • Sewing scissors
  • Drawing tools – pencils, kneaded erasers, etc
  • Selection of papers, some will also be provided

Workshop registration cost includes materials fee to pay for paper and other supplies.

KATHY SCHERMER-GRAMM

Botanicals: Tackling the Finest of Details with Watercolor

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 15

Price: $50

This watercolor workshop is for those artists who would like to discover ways to fine tune their rendering skills by painting the smallest of plant details and textures using the “drawbrush” approach, which is a form of dry brush that uses the brush as though it were a pencil. This combined with transparent top glazing selectively blends and deepens the colors for a realistic finish while retaining clarity of details where needed. Learn about tips on choosing brushes and paper, using magnifiers, and how to apply small areas of pure color in unexpected ways to make lost details pop out. Small subjects such as seedbeds, berries, and or twigs will be provided or student may bring in their own choice.

Prerequisites: Familiar with watercolor

Materials:

  • Basic drawing and watercolor supplies
  • Tracing paper
  • Water container
  • Hand magnifier
  • Small desk lamp and extension cord
  • 2 watercolor brushes: a small round red sable brush (#2 or smaller) and a larger one for mixing. When looking for a brush look for one that retains fluid well and comes to a sharp point.

Instructor will have extra supplies on hand to test. HP watercolor paper 8 x 11”.

MARY ELLEN CARSLEY

Introduction to Silk Painting

Length: 8hrs

Max Enrollment: 12

Price: $125 (includes materials fee)

This class focuses on the fundamentals of traditional silk painting by creating silk sun catchers. Open to students of all experience levels the class includes basic drawing and water based media painting techniques with a study in values to capture form. Students completing this course will be ready to create their own wearable art! The history of silk painting is discussed, as well as color theory and an exploration of compositional principles in both Eastern and Western Art traditions.

Prerequisites: None

Materials:

  • 1 Spiral bound, hard cover for wet and dry media
  • 2 2H pencils; 2 B pencils
  • 1 set of “Micron” (or similar brand) permanent black ink drawing pens, nib sizes 01-07
  • 1 small pocket pencil sharpener
  • 1 “pink pearl” or similar type eraser
  • 1 small 6” plastic ruler
  • 1 small watercolor kit with small flat and small round detail brushes (preferred brand
  • Winsor Newton)
  • 4-6 small, wide mouthed, lidded air-tight containers unbreakable containers for dye and dye washes

Optional: A small, convenient tote for your supplies

Workshop registration cost includes materials fee to pay for silk painting supplies.

W. SCOTT RAWLINS

PAINTING WITH COLORED PENCILS

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 12

Price: $50

Learn to “paint” with colored pencils, producing a wide range of effects including transparency, surface “bloom,” and crisp highlights. Waterproof colored pencils contain wax and thus glide smoothly across drawing surfaces. Hues and values are generally built up in multiple layers, and it is possible to mix these waxy layers in a way that approximates the brushstrokes on a painting. The result is a densely saturated rendering resembling a photograph. Familiarity with color theory or color mixing is recommended.

Prerequisites: Adequate skill in drawing, some familiarity with color theory and mixing of pigments

Materials:

  • 9” x 12” tracing paper – 1 sheet
  • 9” x 12” sketchbook or sketching paper (1 sheet)
  • Graphite pencils: 2B, B, 2H, 4H
  • Kneaded eraser
  • White (vinyl) eraser
  • Prismacolor waxy colored pencils – a set of 24 (or more, if desired) if not included in the set, purchase the following separately: Indigo Blue, Cream and Tuscan Red
  • Several Verithin pencils – Tuscan Red, Indigo Blue, Dark Green,
  • Dark Brown or equivalents
  • Small, round watercolor brush (#3, approximately)
  • White illustration board or triple-ply Bristol: 1 piece, 9” x 12”,
  • vellum or smooth finish – not plate finish (a slight tooth is ideal)
  • Artist’s tape
  • Pencil sharpener (or utility knife blade)

Several sketches of small, closely-observed objects (such as conifer cones, seed pods, textured leaves, fruits or vegetables) might be useful.

BROOKE WEILAND

Introduction to 2D Animation in After Effects

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 18

Price: $50

Have you ever been asked, ‘Can you do an animation for this illustration,’ and not known where to start? Animation is in high demand for science communication - it allows you to express the complexity of a concept within the low-attention time span of today’s science consumers. Plus animation is supported by nearly every outlet from PDF, to html and css, to social media outlets. This course is designed to get you started with Adobe After Effects. Learn the basics - from how to plan an animation, import files, structure compositions, animate, export, and upload to social media. After building a basic animation together, we will especially focus on file types, and how to showcase an animation. Practice files will be provided but attendees are especially encouraged to bring vector files for any animation ideas.

Materials:

  • Wacom tablet (optional)

TRUDY NICHOLSON

Ink and Pencil on Scratchboard

Length: 8hrs

Max Enrollment: 15

Price: $100

Participants will discover the potentials and excitement of scratchboard where contrasts produce dramatic, luminous effects. We will review tools and materials and how to use them to create a vast range of textures forming accurate details. Pen and blade will make black and white lines, deep shading and striking highlights. Ink is correctable on scratchboard and is therefor no longer intimidating. Each artist will be encouraged to explore and experiment in approach and style. Participants will choose nature subjects, create a composition that they will sketch, transfer, and render in ink or pencil on white scratchboard, conveying shape, textures and spatial placement of each element, and will work toward completing one ink and/or graphite pencil illustration. We will all immerse ourselves in scratchboard art.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites necessary

Materials:
Scratchboard Materials List:

FIRST LIST - FOR ALL TECHNIQUES

  • I 8x10 piece of white Claybord will be given to each participant.
  • Other scratchboard will be available for purchase.
  • X-acto blade(s) #16 and blade holder (#16 blades will be in the class to purchase)
  • Soft eraser (suggested brands: Magic Rub, Artgum, Pentel Clic eraser) & pink pearl.
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencils (1 soft for sketching and 1 hard for transferring)
  • Transfer sheet – we will make them in the class or bring one if you wish)
  • Optional: Small desk lamp or high intensity lamp
  • Small box of Kleenex
  • Soft cotton cloth

SECOND LIST - FOR PEN AND INK TECHNIQUE:

All of First List plus –

  • 1 bottle Higgins Black Magic India ink or other good quality drawing ink
  • Round watercolor brush (#1 or #2) – Not the Best Quality, as it will be used for ink
  • Pen nibs and holder. Suggested nibs, good quality flexible fine nibs such as: Hunt 100, Gillott 290 or 291 or speedball 103. There will be pen nibs in the class to purchase.
  • Optional: mechanical pen(s): suggested brand Rapidograph Koh-i-noor, finer points 3x0, 00, 0,1. If only one, I’d suggest 00 or 0).

THIRD LIST – FOR GRAPHITE PENCIL TECHNIQUE:

All of First List plus –

  • High quality graphite drawing pencils 4H through 6 Suggested brands: Schwan-Stabilo 8000; Staedtler Mars lumograph100 or Faber-Castell 9000 or other good quality drawing pencils.
  • 1 small piece of 3M 220 extra fine sandpaper (as used for sanding wood). There will be a piece in the class for all to use.
  • Rubbing Alcohol. There will be a bottle in the class for all to use.


Instructor will supply for students to purchase: Various scratchboard tools

Students are asked to bring: $5.00 to 10.00

IKUMI KAYAMA

Speedy and Realistic Photoshop Painting

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 12

Price: $50

As scientific illustrators, our job is to create detailed and accurate artwork. With more publishers and clients requiring digital delivery and for ease of editing, Photoshop has become an industry standard software.

Because Photoshop is “easy”, short deadlines and high expectations can intimidate illustrators. Photoshop can speed up the art creation and editing processes, but it’s also filled with traps to slow illustrators down.

Studying old masters’ oil paintings, it’s so fascinating and mesmerizing to see how a photo-realistic painting is a series of loose expressive brushstrokes up close. How do they do that? Would such techniques help to paint quickly?

This class we will combine the best of both worlds to create realistic digital paintings that look natural and expressive while staying flexible for edits. Example files and exercise will be provided to create a quick study to understand the concepts.

The class will discuss recreating color mixing on the palette for smooth and clean color transitions, importance of greyscale drawings, keyboard shortcuts, limiting tools, layer organizations, and image adjustment techniques to help create and edit illustrations very quickly and effectively.

Prerequisites: Understanding of basic Photoshop concepts of layers, brushes, and eraser.

Materials: Thumb drive to save work.

Optional:

  • Own laptop with Photoshop CS4 or later installed.
  • Wacom tablet

DIANA MARQUES

Augmented Reality for Scientific Illustrators

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 12

Price: $50

Augmented Reality, or the superimposition of digital elements over the surrounding environment, has become increasingly popular as an engagement tool in advertising, tourism, education, gaming (think Pokémon Go) and several other fields. This workshop will introduce the benefits of the technology for scientific illustrators – its potential for business promotion and for delivering effective and eye-catching visuals.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the concept and development of Augmented Reality experiences
  • Review current applications of Augmented Reality, including applications for scientific and medical communication
  • Create two Augmented Reality experiences using their own illustrations/animations or using the files the instructor will have available
  • Utilize the Aurasma platform to augment an image (e.g. business card, greeting card, illustration, infographic, etc.) with another image, 3D model or animation
  • Utilize the Wikitude platform to augment a location with text or an image.

Prerequisites: n/a

Materials: Participants are encouraged to bring their own illustrations (in print and in digital format), 3D models and animations to use in the workshop. More details to follow.

CHRISTIE NEWMAN

Infographic rendering and layout using Adobe Illustrator

Length: 4 hrs

Max Enrollment: 18

Price: $50

Vector graphics? Digital media? Layout? Text? I don't get it. If these are your thoughts when you hear "infographics" or "Adobe Illustrator", this is the class for you! I'm here to demystify this method of illustrating scientific subjects and concepts. Adobe Illustrator has a set of easy-to-grasp tools that allow you to add depth and form to your creations. It’s also an efficient tool for adding text and informative elements. This workshop will be broken up into two segments: Adobe Illustrator rendering techniques and, devising a design for an informative graphic. Each segment will include a lecture followed by an assignment allowing attendees to explore what they've learned and get feedback as they create.

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with Adobe Illustrator

Materials:

  • A laptop/tablet/cintiq with a recent copy of Adobe Illustrator (CS6 and newer).
  • A wacom tablet, mouse, or stylus; which ever student prefers