Summer Workshops

Summer workshops at the DMC are fun, entertaining and engaging. Many are offered directly through the DMC; others are hosted by local non-profits and educational organizations. New workshops will be added as they are announced.

Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop • June 14-18, 2016
A DMC workshop for college and university instructors of developmental biology.

Natural Science Illustration Workshop • July 11-15, 2016
A DMC workshop for anyone interested in the intersection of art and science.

 


picture of urchin chromosomesDevelopmental Biology Teaching Workshop (DBTW)
June 14-18, 2016

This workshop is designed for college and university faculty members, as well as post-docs and graduate students about to begin teaching developmental biology.  It provides basic hands-on experience with some organisms commonly studied in teaching laboratories. These include sea urchins and sand dollars, Drosophila, chick embryos, Planaria, Spirostomum, Hydra, Lumbriculus, and flowering plants. Techniques will range from classical microsurgical techniques to fluorescence microscopy and applications of reporter gene technology.

This workshop has also proven useful for experienced developmental biology teachers wishing to diversify their laboratory courses. There is considerable sharing of techniques and ideas among the participants as well as informal socializing and a course-ending New England lobster lunch.

Workshop leaders:

Guest Instructor:

Details, Logistics & Registration:

  • Workshop fee $550.
  • DMC room and board is optional and incurs additional fees.
    •  Lodging
      $40/person/night (professional, double occupancy)
      $57.50/person/night (professional, single occupancy as space permits)
    • Meal plan
      $225 full meal plan: Tuesday breakfast through Saturday lunch
  • 2016 Workshop Schedule
  • Travel tips and driving directions
  • The workshop begins promptly at 8:30am Tuesday morning and concludes early to mid afternoon on Saturday. We recommend arriving Monday and departing late in the day on Saturday or Sunday morning.
  • 2016 DBTW Workshop Registration. Please register online before April 15.

Thank you!
DBTW is thankful for the generous financial support of the Society for Developmental Biology.


Natural Science Illustration Workshop picture of colored pencils
July 11-15, 2016

Whether you want to hone your observational skills and artistic talents to create scientifically accurate drawings, bring art and science into the classroom, or merely illustrate your journal with sketches or watercolor, this workshop is for you. No prior art training required for this five-day workshop.

Instructor David Wheeler brings his expertise as an illustrator and his enthusiasm for the natural world into the classroom with his collection of specimen trays, curiosity cases, microscopes, artifacts, and a gallery of the works of the world’s most renowned marine science illustrators, as well as his marine and maritime library.

The anatomy of the workshop includes:

  1. Elements, principles, basic shapes, forms and structures, construction in nature.
  2. Intensive studies in the art of scientific illustration, often called close observation drawing, or “ the biology of the drawn line.”  In this, participants key in on instruments, microscopic analysis, precision measure, and the will to form.
  3. Sketch and release in nearby tide pools.
  4. “Town Halls”, wherein participants share their developing illustrations.
  5. Visits from DMC biologists.
  6. Experiential projects for teachers: deep sea concerns, our “algae future,” conservancy and design.
  7. Exhibitions of participants’ artwork following the workshop: at DMC and at a chosen marine museum or other venue.

Workshop leader:

  • David Wheeler

Details, Logistics & Registration:

  • Workshop fee $400.
  • DMC room and board is optional and incurs additional fees.
    •  Lodging
    • $20/person/night (student rate, up to 4 people/room)
      Student rate applies to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. High school students are welcome to take the workshop, but must be accompanied by an adult if staying on campus.
      $40/person/night (professional, double occupancy)
      $57.50/person/night (professional, single occupancy as space permits)
    • Meal plan
      $207 full meal plan: Monday breakfast through Friday lunch
  • Travel tips and driving directions
  • The workshop will begin mid-morning Monday and mid-afternoon on Friday. Open studio time with the instructor is optional Monday-Thursday evenings. If you are coming from a distance and need to make travel arrangements, we recommend a Sunday afternoon/evening arrival, and a late-afternoon departure on Friday, or Saturday morning.
  • 2016 Natural Science Illustration Workshop Registration. Please register online before June 1, 2016.