This summer, my friend and I have been running a series of informal, modular workshops aimed at introducing science students, faculty, and staff to the wonderful world of drawing and visual storytelling. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do!
As a biochem major, I’ve had to make extra effort to take classes that offer visual components instead of just written exams or papers. Science major schedules also make it hard to take studio art classes at Brown, let alone at RISD. Even if you do make it to such a class, some of them emphasize art for fine art’s sake rather than art for storytelling’s sake.
So why not create the opposite of such a class? An informal, free, ungraded weekly session where we introduce a specific area, such as Colour, or Silhouette, or Character Design, and say: here are these things, these skills, here are examples of them in action, say, in Pixar movies - now see what you can do with them in your own fields of study or work!
Not everything is directly connected to science, but I’m excited to see what interdisciplinary connections people will draw from them. And just being able to draw can be very satisfying for someone who’s never been asked to do so, or has never tried because they never thought they could.