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Multimedia Science Illustration Workshop: Bees of California


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Get buzzzy making beautiful art inspired by some of California's most important pollinators: bees!

This workshop will cover biological illustration techniques in multimedia using colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache. We will walk through the process of biological illustration from start to finish to create our first illustration. After a walk through the Museum’s pollinator garden to look for bees, participants will have an opportunity to create another illustration with guidance from the workshop leader using real specimens. Attendees will learn about wild bees of California and techniques in observation and accuracy important to science illustration and identifying bees. Techniques in layering color using different mediums will help our illustrations come to life!

This workshop will take place partly outside. In the case of inclement weather, we may choose to move the workshop inside.

About the Workshop Leader: Sofia Vermeulen (www.sofiacoco.design) is a University of California, Santa Cruz Anthropology student and artist who practices biological illustration. Growing up in Canada, Sofia acquired a great interest and respect for the natural world and art soon became a method to capture its wonders. Sofia valorizes biological illustration as both a deep study of the organism as well as an appreciation of its form and existence.

This workshop is co-hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History.

Price: $20 Adult | $15 Children | $15 UCSC students (must present ID at door) | $5 Off Museum Members (includes materials) | Pre-registration required

Love bees? Join us for Naturalist Night: The Buzz About Local Santa Cruz Bees on April 25.