Observational Drawing for Science
With Neil Rizos
This workshop is designed for scientists, educators and science students. It will introduce the tools and methods of disciplined observation needed to render accurate, verifiable images for the purposes of science. The workshop is especially helpful in developing keen observational skills and illustration skills when photography is not effective or possible. Applicable to the Life sciences, Physical sciences and Earth sciences.
Presented in a variety of time formats, depending on the objectives and schedule of the group. Contact me to discuss options.
See the articles below for more about the significance of trained observation in science and art
Science is rooted in disciplined observation. Learning and practicing the method required for effective observational drawing develops crucial observational skills and make us less susceptible to inattentional blindness. Watch this video above if you know to be on the lookout for the gorilla in the other, more famous video. Wikipedia says Inattentional blindness occurs "when an individual fails to perceive an unexpected stimulus in plain sight, purely as a result of a lack of attention rather than any vision defects or deficits. When it becomes impossible to attend to all the stimuli in a given situation, a temporary “blindness” effect can occur, as individuals fail to see unexpected but often salient objects or stimuli."
- Rufus M. Porter was an American painter, inventor, and founder of Scientific American magazine.
- Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and Morse code, was an extremely gifted painter.