If you have a serious art student in your homeschool, here’s a remarkable opportunity: a free online course on natural history illustration from the University of Newcastle in Australia:
“Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101” is being offered through edX, the online educational platform developed by MIT, Harvard, and a number of other leading universities.
“Whether an aspiring scientific or medical illustrator or someone who enjoys drawing nature’s wonders, this first-of-its-kind MOOC course is for you.
The field of Natural History Illustration is about observing and illustrating subjects from nature, science and culture, with their linkages to the environment being central.
Our natural world is a fascinating place. Being able to observe and replicate it through illustration provides insights into life that can change how we think about ourselves and our surroundings.
You will learn essential skills and techniques that form the base for creating accurate and stunning replications of subjects from the natural world. This art and culture course is suitable for people looking to enter the illustration discipline as a serious pursuit or just looking to explore a passion.
As world-standard instructors, we will show you practical ways to develop your skills from the outset. Step by step, we will cover the fundamentals of Natural History Illustration, from the first observation of a subject in the field to the final replication in the studio.“ (edX)
Scientific and technical illustration is a career field that many artistically oriented people go into and thrive in. This course looks like an excellent opportunity for serious homeschool artists to build some of the professional skills they will need to be successful. Take a look and see if it would be a good fit for the artists in your family.
What scientifically artistic discoveries have you made in your homeschool this week? 😊