M = Member / NM = Non-Member
Following an introductory slide presentation covering the fundamentals and various advanced field techniquesincluding Isabels ingenious system for capturing images of frogs and other creatures in the wild at all times of the day and night and in waterIsabel and Bob will entertain your questions and answers. Then shoulder your camera bags and head off on a field trip to put your skills to work with Isabel as your local guide. Both Isabel and Bob will offer personal instruction and assistance in how to capture images from minute macro compositions to expansive wide-angle panoramics and improve the quality of your images. Questions concerning film, lens selection, camera settings, flash exposures, ambient light considerations and accessories will be addressed. Bring your cameras, tripods and plenty of your favorite film. Location to be announced.
Isabel Catalão is Portugals foremost photographer of reptiles and amphibians. Raised near Évora, Isabels passion for the natural world led her to a career dedicated to the understanding, appreciation and preservation of nature. Isabel has won numerous awards and gained high respect within the scientific community for her images. Her work is widely published in science journals, magazines and books. Isabel travels on assignments around the world and often attends scientific conferences as a speaker.
Bob Tope is a free-lance scientific illustrator working in earth sciences from his studio in Burke, Virginia. Although his photography is used mainly as reference in support of his illustrations, his images have gained publication by National Geographic where he was on staff before going free-lance. His natural history subjects won the staff photo contest three times. Bob is well versed in a wide range of photo techniques needed in the extreme conditions he faces on assignments in remote reaches of the world.
Science and Art: An
Introduction to PageMaker
Get a handle on the nuts and bolts of setting up a document, master pages, text and image placement, text wrap, color, and editing. This will be a hands-on workshop. Mastering the presented basics will enable you to create brochures, flyers, business cards, art cardsvirtually any type of publication (Macintosh or PC).
Stoney Compton is a visual information specialist for NOAA in Seattle. He has worked for a variety of organizations from the Tanana Chiefs Conference (Athabascan) in Fairbanks to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to Princess Tours in Juneau. His fine art has been hung in juried shows from New York to Hawaii, and he is a published fiction writer. Stoney had the honor of creating the GNSI poster for the Portugal 2000 Conference and spent some time in Napoli, a very long time ago. He recommends the following website for an insight into Portugal: http://home.sol.no/~nancys/portugal/index.html
John Cody -
Watercolor, Backgrounds, Masking and Salt Techniques
Participants can practice some of the famously unorthodox techniques used by John to achieve stunning effects. Demonstrations will include various techniques such as the use of masking fluid and its role in the production of an even background tone over a large areahow to avoid streaks, blotches, and other eyesores; how to build intense deep color through repeated glazing; and the increase of surface interest by the proper use of salt. John will then demonstrate how to render detail in natural forms (leaves, insects, shells, etc.) in the areas left free by masking fluid. This technique involves a first detail, second integrating wash approachthe opposite of what most artists are trained to do. Participants will work on their own painting throughout the day.
John Cody learned medical illustration at Johns Hopkins University. Following a term as the head of the medical arts department at the University of Arkansas Medical Center, he served as staff artist for the New York Zoological Society on a six month expedition to Trinidad. He received his MD in 1960, and retired from medicine in 1986. He has been drawing and painting the Saturniid moths since childhood, and is continuing this in a concentrated frenzy since his second retirement.
King - Colored Pencil on Watercolor
Learn how to blend colored pencil with your watercolors to achieve stunning luminosity and subtle effects in your paintings. Starting with a pencil sketch, you will establish the color base and main values of your subject with watercolors in a series of washes. Then you will learn to look carefully for all of the colors that make up the overall color that you are seeing. Working up the surface in layer upon layer of colored pencil will bring you to the desired hue, resulting in a complex, cohesive whole.
Bente Starcke King received her BA in Art and Illustration in Copenhagen. She then moved to the U.S. where she free-lanced for various Cornell departments before assuming the position of Botanical Illustrator at the L.H. Bailey Hortorium for 15 years. She has exhibited at the Royal Danish Horticultural Society, Westminster Gallery in London, The Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh, to name a few venues. Bente is a native of Denmark, and enjoys the comfort of the Europe she knows, and the thrill of discovering the ones she doesnt. She is looking forward to making Portugals acquaintance.
Photoshop for Science Illustration
Illustrations created or modified in Photoshop have permeated the visual arts and changed the work dynamics of an entire industry. In this full day workshop, Frank Ippolito will be emphasizing techniques that allow the creation of images using both scanned drawings as well as the unique drawing tools available within the program. The morning session will review the powerful toolset found within Photoshop, including little known features and useful shortcuts. The afternoon session will explore more advanced applications such as painting and stippling from within the program. Emphasis is placed on integrating these digital tools into the illustrators workflow.
Frank Ippolito is a Senior Artist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Free-lance clients include the Field Museum in Chicago and the newly built North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.
Tim Phelps -
More information will be posted soon.
David Rini -
By studying details of some of the finest examples of medical and biological illustration from the Brödel Collection and other sources, David and his guests will come to appreciate how other artists have created luscious, rich images with nothing more than value and line.
David will then demonstrate a modern adaptation of the carbon dust technique affectionately dubbed "airbrush dust." This technique, which he has taught for several years to his students at Johns Hopkins, allows artists to lay down values relatively quickly with airbrushed lampblack watercolor and then continue to build form and texture with film drafting pencils. The technique provides artists with all of the capabilities of traditional carbon dust, but with several distinct advantages.
Participants will have an opportunity to try this wonderful technique, and are strongly encouraged to bring their own airbrush. (A double action detail brush such as a Paasche AB is recommended.) Specimens and all other materials will be provided.
David Rini is a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied under Gerald Hodge. He is currently an illustrator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a free-lance illustrator and portrait artist.
Karen Ackoff -
Egg TemperaTraditional and Contemporary Methods
Egg tempera is a medium with characteristics unlike modern media. It lends itself toward transparency, and is waterproof. Colors can be layered, allowing them to show through subsequent applications of paint. This allows the artist to develop paintings with depth and luminosity.
Traditional methods of preparing a gessoed panel and working with pure pigments will be discussed and demonstrated. A contemporary method will employ watercolors, rather than pure pigments, taking away some of the uncertainty of working with egg as a binder. Both traditional and contemporary methods permit such techniques as crosshatching, stippling, glazing and scumbling. Participants will experiment with these techniques. Framing and care of egg tempera paintings will also be discussed.
Karen Ackoff has an MFA in Medical Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology. She worked for ten years as Scientific Illustrator for the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She is presently Program Director of Graphic Design at Indiana University South Bend.
Karen lives in Indiana with her two dachshunds, twenty exotic birds, and a long-haired spotted mouse.
Sea slugs are gastropod mollusks of the subclass Opisthobranchia, and include the familiar sea hares as well as numerous small, brightly colored species. Because of their great diversity in form and color, sea slugs are a particularly worthy subject for model making. Using polymer clay (e.g. Sculpey) and acrylic paint, participants in this workshop will be given an opportunity to examine preserved specimens and photographic images of sea slugs and create a scale model of their favorite species. Although opisthobranchs are excellent subjects for learning the rudiments of sculpting with polymer clay, the techniques covered in the workshop can be applied to the fabrication of a variety of other organisms.
Scott Rawlins is an Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts Department of Beaver College in Glenside, PA where he teaches scientific illustration, drawing and design. Mr. Rawlins graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical illustration from the George Washington University and the University of Michigan respectively. A former museum curator, Mr. Rawlins maintains contact with the museum world through his work as a research assistant at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Up! Put Your Images on the Web
A hands-on workshop for anyone who wants to prepare images and load them onto Science-art.com. All participants will receive 6 months free service on Science-art.com. Bring flat art, reprints, 35mm slides, PhotoCD or pre-scanned images, for making web ready. Those that sign up early can send slide material to the instructor for PhotoCD scanning (the best way to do the scanning, if you have a slide). Learn the best formats and compression settings and tricks. Then put yourself on the web!
Britt Griswold has been a Guild member for 20 years, starting as a free-lance entomology artist, and currently working as a graphics/web artist at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center. He was an early adopter of the Apple Macintosh Computer and now uses it for most of his work. Britt studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Britt is looking forward to saying hes been Overseas, with Canada as his only non-US travel so far.
Keller & Pedro Salgado - 3-4
day field sketching near Sagres
will be lead by Jenny Keller and Pedro Salgado (Got your attention, huh!)
Jenny will be primarily sketching on land while Pedro puts on flippers,
mask and tanks and works with his group while diving underwater. Yep,
you MUST be a certified diver and present your dive certification card
and dive log in order to dive with Pedro. This is not the time nor
place for open water checkouts. But even if you dont happen
to be a divermost members are notthere is plenty of beauty
to be found all around. The location is remote and spectacular! The rugged
coastline with towering cliffs, tiny untrod beaches, emerald coves and
miles of wild land all beckon the creative spirit.
& Teresa Cruz - Marine
Laboratory at Sines
The University of Evoras Marine Sciences Laboratory at Sines will offer its facility, lab equipment and low cost housing to those who want to study the flora and fauna of Portugals coastal ecosystem. (Sines is located halfway between Lisbon and Sagres)
Liz Hansen - Archaeology
/ Parque Natural
da Arrábida (Arrábida Natural Park)
Liz Hansen has been illustrator and a photographer for the Center for American Archaeology in Kampsville, IL for 13 years. During this time she produced numerous illustrations for books, reports, museum exhibits, educational materials, newsletters, and many other uses. She initiated an internship program that ran for several years, giving real-world experience to new scientific illustrators. In 1998 and 1999, the GNSI Summer workshops were held in Kampsville, and students spent a week learning many aspects of both archaeology and illustrating, and how to use this information to produce accurate illustrations. The new GNSI Handbook will contain an Anthropology chapter revised and updated by Liz. She also produced illustrations for a number of other archaeological research organizations, and presented archaeological illustration talks and workshops at several GNSI annual meetings.