Basics of Scientific Illustration

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Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

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Students will learn basic techniques in scientific illustration. This is a course for anyone wishing to improve their drawing skills, from quick sketches of moving animals to detailed and accurate illustrations. This course is also for scientists interested in creating visuals to interpret their work. With access to Evergreen’s natural history collections and gardens, students have unique reference material to work from. They may also choose to illustrate local research topics or special objects from their personal collections. Discussions in the history of the practice provide students with context for their work.

Media covered include pencil, ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. We will also cover basic digital editing and design using Photoshop. Students will learn to properly scan, save, edit, and reproduce their work in print and online. Class time consists of demonstrations, practicing techniques, discussions about illustration history and applications, guest lectures on special topics, field journaling, and critiquing finished originals and printed reproductions. Students will develop a portfolio of illustrations made for a variety of applications. Selected works by each student will be displayed in a small exhibit at the end of the course.

Program Details

Fields of Study

natural history visual arts

Preparatory For

scientific illustration, art education, science communication


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tu/Th 11a-3p Lab I, rm 2046

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


$100 for art supplies, trip to zoo, and costs of installing small exhibit