The University of Nebraska State Museum's next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families explored scientific illustration. The event will take place on July 20 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall.
Angie Fox, scientific illustrator at the University of Nebraska State Museum, introduced children and families to the processes of scientific illustration. Visitors learned how illustrators examine specimens, work closely with scientists and use their artistic craft to communicate accurate information through pictures in scientific journals, education materials and exhibits.
Hands-on activities included working with microscopes to examine specimens and drawing what is seen, group mural making, sketching and recording information in field journals like real paleontologists do. Visitors also had the opportunity to visit the Mark Marcuson: An Artist's Journey exhibit which presents Marcuson's life as an artist and his career as a scientific illustrator mastering watercolor, acrylic, oil, pencil, and pen and ink among others. Children and families participated in a museum-wide scavenger hunt to find other examples of scientific illustration throughout Morrill Hall.