It’s that time of the year again. We are holding our AGM on the 21st of October at 5:30pm. It will take place in the Arcade Room on Level 1 of the Matthews Building (F23 on this campus map, underneath the U-shaped pavilion E24a). There will be drinks and snacks!
Yesterday we had a double feature creative conservation cafe, where local artist Patrick Shirvington discussed the connection between art, nature, science and intuition. After exploring this space with Patrick’s past work, and a bit of Australian art history and the kinds of shapes and colours in the Australian bush, we did a bit of drawing of our own! We started with some basic shapes, and moved on to Banksia specimens, and then outside to find some nature that inspired us.
Our next creative conservation will be on October 29 with Peter Wale. More details soon!
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This Sunday 28th of August painter Ken Tucker put on a painting workshop at the Quarantine Station in Manly. Ken ran through the basics of how to plan a painting, and some tips and tricks of applying acrylics. By the end of the day, we had painted 2 canvases overlooking two gorgeous vistas in Sydney harbour. We painted, we laughed, we ate and Ken and his lovely wife Lea chatted with us, and gave us encouragement and tips for our paintings individually.
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What a week! First of all, everyone from the Sydney chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania (SC-SCBO) would like to thank ARC and the society for conservation biology for assistance with funding so that we were all able to attend this conference. The conference gave us all a great opportunity to gain new skillsets through workshops and network with scientists researching and publishing at the forefront of conservation science.
Last night we held a new workshop for Scientific Illustration with a scientific illustrator based out of the Australian National University: Dr Erin Walsh. The workshop last night was a great success, we had a sell out crowd and we produced lots of exciting drawings under specific instructions from Erin’s helpful worksheets, followed by a free-drawing session and Q&A.
This May’s Creative Conservation we were exploring the use of watercolour, and a bit ambitiously frogs too. The above is an example of one of the attendees study of an autumnal leaf.
This April, Chad Beranek came to our Conservation Café. He is a wildlife ecologist and founder/director of Gumnut Naturalist. Chad is actively looking for solutions to every-day wildlife conflict problems.