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The ART-BIO Collaborative invites you to Puerto Rico during Spring Break!

Spring Break participants will have the exclusive opportunity to display their artwork in an Art+Science exhibition featured in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Cambridge Science Festival this April.

Here is the latest news at Classes Near You > Massachusetts.


ART+BIO Collaborative

www.artbiocollaborative.com
The ART+BIO Collaborative in Cambridge, MA fosters the integration of science, nature, and art through novel collaborations, research, and education. They design innovative art+science curriculum and turn public spaces into interactive learning environments.

    Island Life with the Art-Bio Collaborative
    March 9-16, 2014
    Join us in the Caribbean this Spring Break for a one-of-a-kind, art+nature immersion experience in Puerto Rico. Embark on an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife from rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments. Through hands-on observation, artistic interpretation and various biological and natural history methods, we will learn to utilize the natural habitat as a studio/lab to make informed art about tropical plants, animals, and nature.

    Registration Deadline: February 28, 2014
    Cost: $1,800.00

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Please welcome the ART+BIO Collaborative to Classes Near You > Massachusetts!


ART+BIO Collaborative

www.artbiocollaborative.com
The ART+BIO Collaborative in Cambridge, MA fosters the integration of science, nature, and art through novel collaborations, research, and education. They design innovative art+science curriculum and turn public spaces into interactive learning environments.

    ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico
    January 10-17, 2014

    Escape the cold winter to the Caribbean in this one-of-a-kind, art+nature immersion experience in Puerto Rico! Join instructors, Stephanie Dowdy-Nava and Saul S. Nava, for an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife from rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments. Through hands-on observation, artistic interpretation and various biological methods, participants will learn to utilize the natural habitat as a studio/lab to make informed art about tropical plants, animals, and nature.

    Cost: $1750 (before November 1, 2013)
    Cost: $1920 (after November 1, 2013)
    Registration Deadline: December 1, 2013

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Jennifer, how do you use drawing in your classroom today?


Jennifer
: Thanks to my dissertation, I developed a course in Biological Illustration. As far as I’m aware, it’s the only one of its kind because it’s a biology class. We cover diversity and anatomy of plants, fungi and animals, how to identify groups or species, and linking form to function.

From my experience, illustration is a great way to teach comparative anatomy, evidence-based thinking, and of course, observational skills.

The course has been a huge success – we recently doubled the class size and the students have now exhibited their work at a state museum and aquarium. Check out student work here and here.




Readers, do you have questions for Jennifer about using drawing in your classroom or program?

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Jennifer Landin is the featured guest for September. Her research about using drawing as a learning tool in a biology classroom is based upon Posner’s Theory of Conceptual Research. I asked Jennifer what Posner’s Theory is all about. She replied:

Posner basically says that you start with a preconception. When you get some new information, you either integrate it with your current knowledge or you need to adjust your current understanding into something new. The problem is that the world often makes sense with our preconceptions, and changing can be kind of uncertain and scary. So in order to change, it’s got to really be worth it…

Learn more about Posner’s Theory

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Jennifer Landin is a biology professor at North Carolina State University. She is also a scientific illustrator and a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She attended the University of Georgia and University of Montana for her undergraduate degree in Forestry & Wildlife Management. She received her Master’s degree in biology from Marshall University in West Virginia.

I first met Jennifer last year at the GNSI conference in Savannah, Georgia. It wasn’t until after the conference, when we were working on an article for the Guild’s journal, did I learn of Jennifer’s dissertation research about the use of perceptual drawing in the classroom. I have since read her dissertation and am excited that we have the opportunity to learn more about Jennifer’s research this month.

In her research, Jennifer addresses the use of drawing to improve observational skills and increase understanding in the biology classroom. To help you understand her project, here are her research questions as they appear in Landin (2011):

    1. Do students who participate in weekly drawing activities demonstrate a higher level of biology content knowledge when compared to students who participate in weekly writing activities?

    2. Do students who participate in weekly drawing activities show a more positive attitude toward biology when compared to students who participate in weekly writing activities?

    3. Do students who participate in weekly drawing activities display improved observational skills when compared to students who participate in weekly writing activities?

    4. What are student perceptions of drawing activities in relation to biological understanding?

    5. Are there correlations between the gains in content knowledge related to drawing activities and student cognitive processes?

Jennifer hypothesized that students who participated in weekly drawing activities would:

  • Demonstrate a higher level of biology content knowledge.
  • Demonstrate a more positive attitude toward biology.
  • Demonstrate a higher level of observational skills when compared to students who participated in weekly writing activities only.

Did the data support these hypotheses?

We’ll find out as this month progresses.

Please welcome Dr. Jennifer Landin as our special guest for September!



Literature Cited

Landin, Jennifer. 2011. Perceptual Drawing as a Learning Tool in a College Biology Laboratory. Dissertation. North Carolina University, Raleigh, North Carolina. 

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The exhibition WILDLIFE: Visual Explorations of Biological Forms in Nature opens today at the Godine Family Gallery at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

WILDLIFE is an exhibition of biological art by 12 artists who spent 12 days in nature exploring and studying plants and animals in Natural History and Biological Art, a four-week summer course taught by biology professor Dr. Saúl S. Nava. An opening reception will be held today, August 5, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. This exhibition of student work will be on view through Friday, August 9, 2013.

Visit the Godine Family Gallery



About Dr. Saúl Nava

Professor Saúl Nava teaches the life sciences and biology at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and is a faculty research associate in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. He also teaches summer programs about art and biology. One program is called
Field BIO+ART: Collaborative R.N.A. (Research in Nature and Art). The other program is about natural history and biological art and is an introduction to visualizing plants, animals and natural forms.

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Now at Classes Near You > Massachusetts!


Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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Professor Saúl Nava teaches the life sciences and biology at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). He also teaches summer programs about art and biology. One program is called Field BIO+ART: Collaborative R.N.A. (Research in Nature and Art). The other program is about natural history and biological art and is an introduction to visualizing plants, animals and natural forms. This second class begins soon. Sign-up today!

    Natural History and Biological Art
    Monday-Wednesday, July 8 – July 31
    9:30- 1:00 PM

    This course provides an introduction to visualizing and exploring the diversity of wildlife, habitats, and biological forms of plants and animals through art and direct observation in the field. Through careful examination, illustration, microscopy, and photography, participants will study and visualize anatomical, behavioral, and ecological similarities and differences between species. Participants will use various media but will focus on classical observation and drawing/painting techniques in the field. This course involves travel to various locales, field sites and The Harvard Museum of Natural History. View the blog from the 2012 course at http://naturalhistorybiologicalillustration.blogspot.com.
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