Introduction to Blender

Cost: $100

Saturday, August 20 (Part 1) 
7:00–11:00 am PDT / 10:00 am–2:00 pm EDT

Sunday, August 21 (Part 2) 
7:00–8:00 am PDT / 10:00–11:00 am EDT

Rafeeque Mavoor 
Scidart Academy | |


Blender is an open-source 3D illustration program. We will learn how to use blender from the very basics to advanced techniques for creating high-quality 3D illustrations for science communication. This is a 2-day workshop (4 hours on Saturday, 1 hour on Sunday).

Course Materials:

Blender, an open-source 3D illustration program,

(Image: ©2022 Rafeeque Mavoor)


Representing Underwater Worlds

Cost: $160

Saturday, August 20 (Part 1)
8:00 am-12:00 pm PDT / 11:00 am-3:00 pm EDT
Saturday, August 27 (Part 2)
8:00 am-12:00 pm PDT / 11:00 am-3:00 pm EDT

Bruce Kerr

KerrCom | | 

Illustrating underwater environments can pose unique challenges, from capturing good reference material to compensating for varied lighting conditions in sometimes chaotic and dynamic settings. In this 2-day, 8-hr workshop, we will explore practical techniques for overcoming some of these challenges while giving participants the opportunity to explore a sample scene using the media and techniques of their choice.

Course Materials:
Students should have media and techniques of their choice ready at the start of the workshop.
(Image: ©2022 Bruce Kerr)

Intro to Motion Design

Cost: $40

Saturday, August 20
11:00 am-1:00 pm PDT / 2:00 am-4:00 pm EDT 


Bailee DesRocher

Ingenuity Studios |

In this 2-hr workshop, we will learn basic motion design techniques to bring your scientific illustrations, maps, and graphics to life using Adobe After Effects. Participants can download a free trial of After Effects prior to the workshop and follow along.
(Image: ©2022 Bailee DesRocher)




An Introduction to Tradigital Illustration

Cost: $120

Sunday, August 21
(Part 1) 8:00-11:00 am PDT/ 11:00-2:00 pm EDT
(Part 2) 12:00-3:00 pm PDT/ 3:00-6:00 pm EDT


Scott Rawlins

Arcadia University |

For those who would like to create drawings that combine the advantages of digital software with the “personality” associated with traditional media, this 6-hr “tradigital” workshop might be for you! Blending vector-based line work with hand-drawn details allows artists to generate accurate outline drawings filled with local color that can be adjusted easily but also exhibit the quirkiness and spontaneity specific to each artist.

(Image: ©2022 Scott Rawlins) 



Art in the Museum: Historical Practices and Looking to the Future

Cost: $20

Sunday, August 21
10:00 am-12:00 pm PDT/ 1:00-3:00 pm EDT


Jacki Whisenant

University of Wisconsin Madison Zoological Museum | | @jacki.whisenant

This 2-hour workshop will be a discussion of historical and contemporary artist placement in museum settings, as staff illustrators or artist-in-residence. The workshop will cover tips and tricks of working with museums as an artist-in-residence and how museums can cultivate a collaborative practice with artists to showcase collections in new and innovative ways.

(Image: ©2022 Jackie Whisenant)



Is Your DNA Left-Handed? The RCSB as a Resource for Molecular Illustration

Cost: $40

Saturday, August 27
9:00-11:00 am PDT/ 12:00-2:00 pm EDT

David S. Goodsell

Scripps Research, RCSB Protein Data Bank | | @dsgoodsell

This 2-hr workshop will provide a hands-on tour of resources available at the RCSB Protein Data Bank for finding biomolecular structures and visualizing them. The workshop will be useful to artists who wish to use atomic structures from the PDB archive to add accuracy to their work.

(Image: ©2022 David S. Goodsell)


Utilizing CT Data for Illustration Reference

Cost: $80

Saturday, August 27

8:00 am-12:00 pm PDT/ 11:00 am-3:00 pm EDT
Lauren Conroy and April Isch Neander
The University of Chicago | | @spellbinderceramics
The University of Chicago | | @aineander

This 4-hr workshop will introduce participants to free CT dataset and 3D model [databases] and the tools necessary to use this data. Users will learn about two free and open-source software. 3D Slicer is used to create 3D models from CT Data, a process called segmentation. Blender is a versatile open-source software that can be used to manipulate, texture, light and render those 3D models. By the end of the workshop users should be able to find, download, and open CT datasets as well as orient, light, and render a 3D model to create useful reference images.

Course Materials:
  • 3D Slicer minimum system requirements:
  • Computers running 3D Slicer need enough memory and graphics capabilities to hold both the original data and the processing results in their memory.
  • Memory: more than 4GB (8 or more is recommended).
  • Display: a minimum resolution of 1024 by 768 (1280 by 1024 or better is recommended).
  • Dedicated graphics hardware and memory (1GB is recommended).
  • Many computations in Slicer are multi-threaded and will benefit from multi-core, multi-CPU configurations.
  • Interface device: a three-button mouse with a scroll wheel is recommended.
  • Internet connection to access online documentation of modules and tutorials

(Image: ©2022 Laren Conroy and April Isch) 



 Moist Brush Technique

 Cost: $80

Saturday, August 27
10:00 am-2:00 pm PDT/ 1:00-5:00 pm EDT

Karen Ackoff

Indiana University |

Moist brush technique is part-way between dry brush and a wash. It allows for layering and can be used with a variety of media and allows for a controlled approach to establishing detail and shading. This 4-hr workshop will address the use of both waterproof ink and watercolor.

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(Image: ©2022 Karen Ackoff)



How to Get the Most Out of the Render Possibilities in ZBrush

 Cost: $40


Sunday, August 28
8:00am-10:00 am PDT/ 11:00 am-1:00 pm EDT


Mieke Roth | @miekeroth |

If you are working in ZBrush, changes are you export your models to another application to get it rendered. But did you know that Zbrush has the capability to produce beautiful renditions? I will show people how to get the most out of the render engine of ZBrush. My focus will be especially on renditions that look as if they are actually drawn illustrations.


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(Image: ©2022 Mieke Roth)



To Market! The Small Business Studio’s Tool Box

Cost: $80

Sunday, August 28
8:00 am-12:00 pm PDT/ 11:00 am-3:00 pm EDT


Jennifer Fairman
Johns Hopkins University, Fairman Studios LLC | | @fairmanstudios

In this 4-hr workshop, participants will learn the ins and outs of marketing, what it means to study the market, target clients, create a routine for building and maintaining a client base as well as branding principles and techniques (building your company voice)

(Image: ©2022 Jennifer Fairman)



Bird Anatomy and Form

Cost: $120

Sunday, August 28 
(Part 1) 8:00-11:00 am PDT/ 11:00 am-2:00 pm EDT
(Part 2)12:00-3:00 pm PDT/ 3:00-6:00 pm EDT
John Muir Laws | @johnmuirlaws

Explore bird anatomy and structure to help you create fast and accurate field sketches or careful studio pieces with the help of reference. This 1-day, 6-hr workshop (with a 1-hour lunch break) will teach you to deeply understand bird structure and how to suggest what you know instead of getting lost in the feathers. We will also explore how to capture bird posture and proportions, draw foreshortened birds, and represent their textures with pencil, watercolor, gouache, and toned paper.

  • Sketchbook
  • Graphite pencil
  • Prismacolor col erase non-photo blue pencil
  • A variety of light value Gouache paints: My kit contains Permanent White, M Graham Hansa Yellow Light. Holbein Permanent Yellow Orange, Holbein Brilliant Pink. Holbein Lilic, Holbein Aqua Blue. Holbein Leaf Green, Holbein Permanent Green Light. Shminkie Titanium Gold Ochre, Holbein Yellow Ochre. Holbein Gray #1, Holbein Gray #2
  • Your regular watercolor palette
  • Gray toned paper
  • Your favorite brushes

(Image: ©2022 John Muir Laws)