Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes/Camps
Visualizing Entomology: Exploring Insects through Field Collecting, Nature Journaling, Taxonomy, and Biological Illustration
July 22, 2013 - July 26, 2013
Instructor: Carly Tribull, Graduate Student in Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History
Biology is closely tied to illustration and the ability to visually depict specimens, ecological habitats, and collecting procedures. From sweeping, intricate murals in natural history museums to exactingly drawn anatomical figures in biological textbooks, art is integral to our concept of nature. In this class, we will combine entomology (the study of insects) and illustration, both out in the forest and in the laboratory. Half of the class will be spent outdoors, learning about insect collecting techniques while creating field illustrations and learning the importance of good field journaling. The second half of the class will be spent in the lab, learning insect taxonomy by identifying our collections, then using these specimens as our subjects for biological illustration. We will explore traditional ink, graphite, and color methods, allowing students to build a foundation of skills and a working portfolio.
Offered July 22 - 26, 2013 - half day classes, high school only. Classes available in the morning and afternoon.
This offering is part of the Black Rock Forest Consortium's Summer Science Series of week-long learning experiences for middle and high school students, which are at the Black Rock Forest Consortium - a private 4,000-acre preserve.