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.

2022 Spring – Art and Science Workshops

Join us February 12 – May 7 at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill as we ring in the spring with the science and art of color in the desert: Red Tubular Flowers, Purple Iridescence in Hummingbirds, Yellow Palo Verde Blossoms, and Ochre Earth. Sign up for all four for a discount, or choose individual workshops (online via Zoom; by March we may be able to add in-person options). All workshops are on a Saturday from 10 am to noon Arizona time.

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Seeing Red: Evolution of Tubular Flowers - Feb. 12

Why did tubular flowers evolve, and how does flower color and shape influence pollination? Join us on Darwin’s birthday February 12 as we explore this fascinating relationship, and then master drawing realistic perspective of tubular flowers and the detail of their reproductive mechanisms.  Workshop is online via Zoom; by March we may be able to add an in-person option; 10 am to noon Arizona time.

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Purple Flashdance: Iridescence - Mar 19

Learn the science behind iridescence and its ecological history and learn to paint the iridescent purple gorget of the Costa’s hummingbird using watercolor.  Workshop is online via Zoom; by March we may be able to add an in-person option; 10 am to noon Arizona time.

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Awash in Yellow - Palo Verdes - Apr 16

April is Uam Mașad in the Tohono O'odham language, meaning “Yellow Moon.” And for good reason: the valleys and foothills are blanketed in the blossoms of three species of Parkinsonia, or Palo Verde trees. Join for a workshop exploring poetry writing, O’odham history and place. Workshop is online via Zoom; by March we may be able to add an in-person option; 10 am to noon Arizona time.

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Tumamoc Bioblitz – City Nature Challenge – May 1

Tumamoc is hosting a half-day bio-blitz on May 1, 2022 as part of Pima Master Naturalists' "City Nature Challenge!" On Sunday, May 1, join us between 6:30 am and 11:30 am as we search for WILD plants, animals, and other creatures to see how many species we can find and show the world how diverse our region is.

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Ochre - Earth Makes Art - May 7

The pigment ochre is often cited as the earliest form of human art and symbolism, but there’s more to it: ochre shows how our brains were developing, and that we were using our environment through early chemistry to create paints. It is the bridge between science and art. We will learn the science of ochre pigments and look at our earliest history as artists, including in the Tucson basin, then we will create our own ochre paint from local soil, and paint beautiful images. Workshop is online via Zoom; by March we may be able to add an in-person option; 10 am to noon Arizona time.

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Fearless Watercolor for Field Sketching (Video Access on Demand)

Adding watercolor to your field notebooks and nature journals need not be an elaborate and frustrating exercise in juggling dozens of colors and brushes. In this online recorded workshop, naturalist and field sketch artist Roseann Hanson will introduce you to the simple technique of mixing any color you need from a triad—three primary colors.

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Intro to Digital Nature Sketching: Procreate and iPad (Video Access Coming Soon!)

Explore the boundless world of nature sketching using an iPad, a stylus, and the Procreate app. Artist Bill Singleton will get you started with this powerful tool set by introducing digital brush types, choosing colors, planning your layout, and techniques for laying down lines and paint.

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Missed a Workshop?

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

We will have these recordings available after we revamp our on-demand platform (sign up for our email news to receive notification):

  • 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 our unique art and science programming:

Look for new workshop series each season, offered live in-person at the Desert Lab and online via Zoom. sign up for our email news to receive updates on forthcoming offerings.

To view past offerings, please see the links at left.

 

 

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