Art and Science Workshops

The Tumamoc Institute’s Art and Science Workshops weave art, science, and community in a tapestry of observations of the natural world that will leave you with a fresh take on familiar sights. Our carefully curated content is brought to you by the top scientists and artists in their fields.

Upcoming Series

To be announced.


Missed a Class?

If you missed a class or series, don’t worry, you can purchase the recording at the links below! Recent topics and experts include:

Fractals and Forests (part of our Seeing Math in Nature Series, Spring 2021) with Tumamoc artist-in-residence Paul Mirocha and University of Arizona scientist Dr. Brian Enquist.

Smell: The Science and Art of Creosote (part of our Desert Senses Awake Series, Summer 2021) with esteemed botanist and conservationist Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, ethnobotanist Martha Burgess, and Tohono O’odham.

Slithery Subjects: Drawing Desert Reptiles (part of our 8-week flagship Art & Science course) with renowned artist and naturalist John Muir Laws and Tumamoc research associate and president of Tucson Herpetological Society Robert Anthony Villa.


Find out more about ongoing and past series here

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

Summer 2021 Desert Senses Awake Workshops

Spring 2021 Seeing Math in Nature Workshops

Pop up Art workshops such as Nature Journaling, Nature Writing, and other art-and-science offerings


Look for new workshop series each season, offered live in-person at the Desert Lab and online via Zoom.



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