Above Thumbnail sketch ideas visualizing the importance of pollinators, Ysemay Dercon

art+science workshops


Our workshops are designed to give artists, designers and writers the opportunity to meet and collaborate with scientists who work in conservation. Participants practice using visual art, design or the written word to make science - botany, conservation biology, endangered species protection, evolutionary biology, landscape ecology, wildlife management, and zoology - accessible, meaningful, and relevant. Together, both artist/designer/writer and scientist find new ways to interpret, visualize, and communicate the science of saving species. (In the future we hope to offer workshops for musicians and performance artists.)


Our workshops are typically hosted by an art gallery, library, museum, or school. Potential audiences include educators, ranging from middle school teachers to college professors; curators at museums, nature centers, science centers; student, amateur, and professional artists and designers, writers, and scientist-artists. 

The workshop topic - saving species, the wildlife trade, urban wildlife, or another topic or topics used as practice for visualizing science - depends on the venue and audience. For example, the material presented in our "Art and Science of Saving Species" workshop includes an overview of the six major "extinction drivers," and various examples of animals in trouble that either have, or could, benefit from visual art or literary intervention. The material in the “Wildlife Trade Art and Science” and “Art and Science of Urban Wildlife Conflict” workshops is more focused, touching on three extinction drivers - agriculture/farming, global trade, and habitat loss (the other three are climate change, emerging diseases, and hunting/fishing) and is drawn from our two traveling exhibits. COST

Workshops can be free to the public or fee-based. The art instructors and visiting scientists receive an honorarium for their time and reimbursement for travel expenses, if any.

The host institution may make the workshop free to the public, or they may ask participants to pay a fee or make a donation to Creature Conserve. The workshops can be offered as part of an ongoing fee-based program looking for new programs or content, such as an after hours school program, continuing education art or literature program, a summer camp or after hours museum program.


If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please email us at connect@creatureconserve.com