Be a scientific illustrator

Learn how to draw both animal and plant species on 18 & 25 August from 10am – 4pm at Penrith Regional Gallery. Presented by Nepean Science Hub, CURIOUS Art & Science returns in National Science Week with two exciting Scientific Illustration Workshops led by Angus Fisher, a natural sciences illustrator and Lecturer in Fine Arts at the National Art School.

A fascinating intersection between science and art, the practice of scientific illustration is an accurate and often artistic visual interpretation of the natural environment and its application to a range of ecological processes and environments.

The first workshop on 18 August, Birds and Bones, will use a range of taxidermy (predominantly birds from the local environment), and skeleton specimens from various sources to depict the forms and biology of each animal.

Plant Studies on 25 August will use specimens from the heritage gardens of the Gallery to depict the form, colour, and details included in a variety of plant species.

Exploring the use of fine-line pens and watercolour paints on paper, the Scientific Illustration workshops will focus on making accurate observations and representing the unique forms and textures in different skeleton specimens and plant species to provide an exploration and appreciation into what it takes to draw these amazingly complex and beautiful illustrations seen in textbooks, journals and online. 

About Angus Fisher – workshop teacher and guide

As Natural Sciences illustrator and Lecturer in Fine Arts at the National Art School, Angus has plenty of experience delivering scientific illustration workshops for diverse community groups. Angus’s art practice has always dealt with nature and humankind’s relationship with the natural world.

For Angus, the idea of nature is a not a static term, but an evolving concept. Through the detailed study of history and natural subject matter, his work grapples with the idea of how nature exists, and has existed, in human imagination.

Angus does not only investigate ecology through his subjects, but the evolving attitudes and changing philosophical interpretations of the wider natural world. Primarily working with etching and drawing, he utilises traditional working techniques, methodologies and aesthetics to place his work in direct connection to historical contexts and traditions.

Event details

Birds & Bones:
Zoological Illustration

When: 18 August 2019, 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: $90, includes lunch from Café at Lewers.
Ages 16+. No drawing experience required

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Plant Studies:
Botanical Illustration

When: 25 August 2019, 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: $90, includes lunch from Café at Lewers.
Ages 16+. No drawing experience required.

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Through an artistic lens, Penrith Regional Gallery’s Scientific Illustration workshops will offer participants an experience of scientific discovery that is both creative and inspiring.

Bookings are essential for all workshops: call 4735 1100 or email

Feature image shows Angus Fisher in his studio. CURIOUS Art & Science is part of National Science Week, presented by the Nepean Science Hub and Penrith Regional Gallery with support from Inspiring Australia NSW as part of its Year-Round Program initiative.