21 April 2021 15:23 in AGU Fall Meeting, AGU Rocks, Education, Online outreach, Popular science, Public outreach, Rhyme Your Research, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, science and society, Sharing SciArt, Storytelling, Video, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
The goal was to not only showcase thee amazing ways of communicating science via art but to also show folks the creative process behind the creations; to pull back the curtain to hopefully lower the barrier(s) to entry for those who may have thought about scicomm via art but thought that it was too difficult/they didn’t have the talent.
18 March 2021 09:11 in Public, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, science and society, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
My grandmother taught me to cross stitch when I was in elementary school, and I stopped after a few years and came back to it in my late 20s (which seems to be a relatively common story for AFAB folks). I like it as a medium because I can spend a lot of time thinking about and playing with colors, and it’s easy to combine words, symbols, and picture elements.
3 March 2021 09:02 in Drawn to Geoscience, Online outreach, Popular science, Public, Public outreach, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, science and society, Storytelling, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
For me, combining science & art always made natural sense. My foray into deliberately combining them came in junior high & high school when I delved into a 3-year long self-directed investigation into “What makes rocks ring?”.
21 January 2021 09:12 in Drawn to Geoscience, Online outreach, Public outreach, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, science and society, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
Throughout my life I have been drawn to both science and art. Animals, plants, and rocks interested me greatly as a young kid, and in high school I became intrigued by internal human anatomy, particularly hearts, brains, and skulls (to match the emo and metal music I listened to, of course). All the while, I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil and depicted anything I found remotely interesting. Animals, mermaids, people, mythological creatures, bones and plants can all be found in my stacks of early sketchbooks.
13 January 2021 08:33 in Drawn to Geoscience, Education, Online outreach, Popular science, Public outreach, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
I’ve always enjoyed art and exercising my creativity. Although I chose a career in science – studying Biomedical Sciences, followed by a research Master’s and currently my PhD in Microbiology, art is a vital component of my self-care routine. It helps me unwind, but is also highly rewarding with an end product that I’m proud of.
16 December 2020 08:30 in Drawn to Geoscience, Education, Popular science, Public, Public outreach, SciArt, SciComm, SciComm Action, Science and art, science and society, Visuals, Voices for Science by Shane Hanlon
I didn’t think I’d ever use a mask to communicate science, but here I am! Due to COVID-19, masks became a requirement for in-person activities. I enjoy science communication and outreach, and I knew I would still be doing in-person activities this semester, so I decided I would give “masked science” a try.
25 November 2020 08:30 in Drawn to Geoscience, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, science and society, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
I have always loved art since I was little, you could find me alone drawing away somewhere or in class doodling. I wanted to be an artist at a young age but vividly recall my mother telling me “No, artists don’t make money.” From that point on I had no idea what I would do with myself, but it wasn’t being an artist. I still continued creating art but struggled in school, especially with math and science. My freshman year of high school I was set on the idea of dropping out and becoming a tattoo artist. I was failing all of my classes and saw no point in continuing with school.
18 November 2020 11:00 in Drawn to Geoscience, Education, Online outreach, Public outreach, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, science and society, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
Earlier this summer when I was beginning to brainstorm ideas for the science art exhibition I would be co-organizing, my partner and I went to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park near Grand Rapids, Michigan. While some of the sculptures were large and complex, I was struck by the simplicity of some of the sculptures. Made only of a few metal blocks and rods, these works of art still communicated complex thoughts and ideas. I began to wonder what scientific concept I could communicate in a simple manner.
11 November 2020 08:30 in Drawn to Geoscience, Public outreach, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, science and society, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
I used to love drawing and even painting on occasion but that gradually became eclipsed by my school/college and now university life as I got older. Since I wasn’t effortlessly amazing at drawing, it didn’t seem worth the time when there were much more ‘important’ things to focus on. I went down the STEM pathway in school, studying biology which I had always loved, collecting bugs for inspection from a young age and one of my prized possessions as a child being a miniature microscope. Looking back I think it only had a 10X objective, but still I thought it was brilliant!
12 August 2020 08:30 in Drawn to Geoscience, Education, Public outreach, SciArt, SciComm, Science and art, Students, Visuals by Shane Hanlon
During the first few weeks of lockdown, I spent my weekends coloring microbes, soil, and Sonoran Desert-themed drawings. In addition, I started following scientist who use art for #SciComm and science artists on social media. I was extremely inspired by Drs. Karen Vaughan and Yamina Pressler’s For The Love Of Soil art prints. Fortunately, I was able to attend a live session hosted by Dr. Pressler on how to create whimsical soil profiles using watercolors. There was no turning back from there.