Plein Air and Scientific Illustration in the Southern Appalachians
October 21-22, 2017
In this two-part workshop, students will develop observation of the remarkable natural history of Southern Appalachia through two modes of art: a wider view with plein air painting and a close-up view with scientific illustration. Opportunities will also be available to use a dissecting microscope and field guides. The workshop will split into two groups – one that will explore plein air on Saturday, October 21 from 10-4 followed by scientific illustration on Sunday, October 22 from 10-4; and one that will explore scientific illustration on Saturday followed by plein air on Sunday. The entire group will start together for brief introductions on Saturday and will also come together at the end of Sunday to share work and discuss process. We will work in studio settings as well as on our many trails, meadows, and other natural areas on our 100+ acres. The workshop will be located at High Cove. Click here for directions.
All materials will be provided by instructors. You are welcome to bring your own materials as well – a suggested list will be provided by instructors upon enrollment.
All levels are welcome. This workshop is focused more on process than product, although you will learn some advanced drawing and painting techniques.
Lodging and meals:
Some overnight housing is available. There are several rooms in a very affordable Lodge with full kitchen and other amenities, and camping is available on site with access to the Lodge kitchen and showers. Contact us for more information and to book housing. We will generally eat communally, pot-luck style, but you are also welcome to bring your own special meals and snacks if you don’t wish to participate in group meals.
Fee: $175 per person, with a 20% discount for groups of three or more. Register by October 1. Maximum enrollment 12 students, minimum 6 students. No refunds unless workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment.
Connie Karleta Sales, who will lead the plein air workshop, is an artist, writer, educator, and public speaker, specializing in large-scale projects exploring intersections of spirituality, social action, and the creative process. She has exhibited nationally and is in collections internationally. She received her BFA from Southern Methodist University, and has studied abroad at University College, Oxford, England and Fort Burgwin Research Center, Taos, NM. In 2016, Connie piloted a program actively engaging history and community through plein-air landscape painting. Her work has been featured in multiple publications including Crossing Genres, daCunha.global, Literati Magazine, and Forum: An annual medium for open discussion. Her work is represented by dk Gallery, Marietta, GA.
Nancy Lowe will lead the scientific illustration workshop. Her works of art focusing on evolutionary biology have been exhibited in many galleries in the US and Europe. She has taught scientific illustration and nature journaling at biological field stations, universities, museums and K-12 schools in the US and Costa Rica, and worked as a research technician in several research labs focusing on pollination biology, microbial symbionts of insects, and large-scale ecology. She has catalyzed and curated art-science collaborations for museums, libraries, universities, meetings of academic professional organizations, and other venues. She is Director of Art + Science In the Field: AS IF Center. Follow her on Twitter @nancyartscience.