Transmitting Science and ForBio course: Introduction to the art of science: Scientific IIllustration

Scientific illustration blends the discipline and creativity of science and art to produce images that serve and communicate science.

This course is designed to help scientists, science communicators, artists, and adults interested in natural history develop the observation skills and drawing skills they need to record, distill, and visually communicate observations made of natural history objects and organisms. Traditional scientific illustration techniques as well as the history, significance, status, and future directions of scientific illustration will be explored in this hands-on studio-style course.


  • Develop and improve scientific observational and visual communication
  • Recognize and transform observable scientific information into scientifically accurate illustrations for use in publications and presentations.
  • Understand and appreciate the history and function of scientific illustration as a medium for disseminating scientific knowledge and concepts.
  • Learn and practice a variety of drawing and illustration techniques that can be used in the field, the laboratory, and for fun.


The five days of instruction and hands-on activities will include:

  • Visual thinking strategies and learning how to see.
  • Drawing with graphite, carbon, and other pencil types.
  • Pen and ink illustration techniques including stippling and line work.
  • Creating illustrations with scratchboard, carbon dust, coquille board, and other media.
  • Converting and using hand drawn illustrations in digital formats.

Classes will meet for six hours of instruction and in-class work per day. Students will be encouraged to practice observing, drawing, and using illustration techniques outside of class hours.

Course duration: 30 hours.

Teacher: Julianne Snider, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, United States of America

Coordinator: Hugo de Boer ( – ForBio. 

Credits: A 2 ECTS course certificate will be given to students that pass the course by ForBio.

Participants: Maximum 15.

Application deadline: July 31st, 2018.

Fee: ForBio will cover the registration fee for all accepted ForBio members (MSc and PhD students, and postdocs). ForBio associates can get a 20% discount on the course fee. ForBio will cover travel and accommodation only for Norwegian ForBio members. A 30% of the course fee may be required as a confirmation of assistance for all participants, amount that will be reimbursed to ForBio members during the course.

Click here for more information about the course.

For those interested in registering in this course, please do so through the Transmitting Science website

Published Mar. 6, 2018 2:50 PM - Last modified Mar. 6, 2018 2:50 PM