Art and Science

The themes encompassed by Tumamoc Hill touch on nearly every discipline. This site has a history of over one-hundred years of science and two-thousand years of human use. Today, it receives over 1,000 visitors a day, which is likely the most use the Hill has received in its history.

The Tumamoc Arts and Science Program allows the Desert Laboratory to explore, document, and share the stories and richness of Chemamagi Do’ag, the hill of the horned lizard, in new ways. We are developing innovative synergies between multiple sources of inspiration with the space, history, culture, and environment of Tumamoc Hill at its center. Projects that connect art, science, and community hand in hand in their interpretation of observations of the natural world will be the primary focus.


10.23 – 10.25 Nature Journaling: Learn the art of seeing and recording the world around you

 Roseann Hanson, instructor

11.14       Sketching Desert Landscapes: Expressing value with water-soluble ink

Saraiya Kanning, instructor

11.19       Slithery Subjects—Drawing Desert Reptiles (with a live video feed of desert reptiles)

John Muir Laws, renowned author and nature journaling instructor, and Robert Villa, naturalist

12.5       Introduction to Gouache Nature Illustration

Bill Singleton, instructor

12.9      The Nature of Desert Nature—Book Launch Celebration with UA Press

Gary Nabhan, editor, and Ben Wilder, host

Our other efforts include:

• The Tumamoc Arts Working Group

• Tumamoc Sketchbook

• Drawing Skills for Field Notebooks Course (our 8-week flagship Art & Science course, offered each spring)

With support from the University of Arizona Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, we are working to:

Have the primary focus of art outcomes support innovative synergies between multiple sources of inspiration with the space, science, history, culture, and environment of Tumamoc Hill at the center in their interpretation of the natural world;

Make Tumamoc’s art space a dynamic hub for regional artists;

Facilitate a Tumamoc Arts Working Group that reflects the cultural diversity of the region;

Make the activities and space created build and nurture a strong relationship with the creative arts and science communities in Tucson and the Southwest, centered at Tumamoc Hill. 

We also welcome ideas, inquiries, and interest in this program. Feel free to email us at