Leaves are crucial to our existence: we eat them, breathe the oxygen they make, and botanical illustrators draw them, often struggling to do so accurately. This lecture offers some anatomy, physiology, and drawing methods, showing many impressive images.
Support for the Humanities Institute provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
About the Speaker:
Gretchen Kai Halpert
Gretchen Kai Halpert has been combining art, science, and education for many decades. Her educational background includes a degree in botany from Connecticut College, graduate work in biological illustration, and a certificate in scientific and technical illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.
For more than 25 years Halpert has worked as a cell and molecular biologist while freelancing and teaching illustration at RISD and Brown University. She now devotes herself full time to creating art and running the Scientific Illustration Distance Program. Halpert is past president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and resident of the southern Finger Lakes, NY.