Dates: July 23 -August 3, 2018
In this module, we will focus on drawing and painting to learn about the earth's past. A trained artist will teach us skills with pens, pencils, and acrylic paints. Each student will receive their own sketch pad on the first day of class, and we will fill it up with drawings and paintings of prehistoric scenes. In our art, we will always focus on form and function: how do the adaptations in the plants and animals we are drawing allow them to survive in the environment we are putting them in? We will use books and the internet as references, and students will learn how to research specific time periods online and in the university library. But we will also venture outside for many field trips. One trip will be to the Large Animal Research Station, where the students will learn how to take good photographs for drawing references.The students will draw musk ox from their photos, and will also draw the prehistoric ancestor of musk ox side-by-side to see how these animals have evolved over time. Another trip will be the Permafrost Tunnel, where we will practice sketching fossils in real life. Lastly, we will also visit local art supply stores so students will know where to find materials for their future artistic endeavors.
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Meet the Instructors
Kendall Mills, PhD student, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Keaton Kachel, Professional Artist
I studied studio art at Oklahoma State University. I specialize in drawing and painting wildlife and landscapes. I enjoy sketching as often as I can because it makes art mobile. We will be taking our sketch pads outside where we will see how illustrators have used techniques to depict extinct creatures by drawing on inspiration from the animals we see living today.