• Sprout CoWorking (map)
  • 166 Valley Street, Building 6
  • Providence, RI, 02909
  • United States

Creature Conserve and Sprout Coworking invite visual artists and writers to attend a workshop on how to make science more accessible and understandable, using urban ecology as the unifying theme. All skill levels are welcome. Advance registration is required. Funded by the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. This is the FIRST of two workshops (Oct 19, Nov 9) for visual artists. The third workshop is for writers (Dec 7.)


To register, visit https://www.creatureconserve.com/workshop-reg-form

Workshop participants are invited to submit artwork for a juried exhibit, "Urban Wildlife in Rhode Island: "Learning to Co+Exist" planned for Sprout Gallery in Providence for the month of April 2020 in celebration of Earth Day.


-Facilitator, Creature Conserve founder Dr. Lucy Spelman, http://www.drlucyspelman.com/

-Artist Instructors, Samantha Dempsey http://blog.samanthadempsey.com/ and Emily Schnall https://emilyschnall.com/

-Invited Scientist, Charles Brown, state biologist, Department of Environmental Management, http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/staff/index.php

Through a series of exercises, participants will practice making science more relevant, meaningful and interesting to a general audience by making it visual. The general topic will be human-wildlife conflict in urban areas. The animals covered, bees, bears, and bats for example, will depend on the presenting scientist. The focus is idea generation not artistic rendering.

The workshops will also encourage collaboration among Rhode Island-based scientists, visual artists, and writers with a shared interest in living in balance with urban wildlife, including highly visible species like cardinals, coyotes, robins, squirrels, and Eastern cottontail rabbits, as well as rare and endangered ones like the burying beetle, New England cottontail, and terrapin. It will also allow participants to explore the role of both art and science in and landscape architecture, urban design and planning, and wildlife conservation.

Open to visual artists of any skill level.

The only required supplies are sketching paper, looseleaf or a pad with pages that can be torn out (these will be pinned up during feedback sessions) and preferred clean sketch medium, i.e. pencil, pen, marker (please no paint or charcoal).

At Sprout’s Providence location visitors have access to any of the four Rising Sun Mills campus parking lots around the building. Parking is always free in Providence.

For more information about Sprout CoWorking Art Galleries please visit http://sproutcoworking.com/amenities/.