Imaginaturalists: The Heart of Science
Art is the best way to communicate science! Learn artistic techniques and tricks to highlight the interactive nature of these cross-curricular disciplines.
Draw from a Natural History Laboratory, gain ideas and tips for hands-on class room experiments and projects to stimulate a love of Science through Artistic expression.
Imaginaturalists encourages children to utilise their powers of observation and gives them the skills to express these through fun and creative means. In this workshop you will learn some specific techniques with which you can harness these skills in your students and encourage confidence and a desire to learn more in your classes.
Audience - Primary School Teachers, although Secondary Teachers are welcome!
WORKSHOP PRESENTER -
Gillian recently founded Imaginaturalists, an in-school education program using creativity and artistic expression to communicate scientific concepts to young people. After graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Gillian worked as a research assistant in several marine biology laboratories and was lucky enough to travel to Casey Station, Antarctica with the Australian Antarctic Division's Human Impacts Team as a Research Assistant.
After moving to Maitland, NSW, Gillian undertook a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle, graduating in 2018, with Distinction and being awarded a Faculty Medal for The Faculty of Education and Arts in 2018. Gillian has been commissioned to undertake public artworks around Maitland, including a 55m long Australian birds’ mural at the Maitland
City Library. Her illustrations have been published in botanical books and scientific papers and theses. Imaginaturalists was created in order to inspire a love of science in children by engaging them with creative expression and experiential learning.