Each of the art students in Heidi Lent’s class made drawing journals that they can easily bring along on field trips to free sketch plants. The art students built their own books through a book-binding unit and created tubes that they can be safely stored in for traveling. Students were taught how to shade, value scales, and color the way an artist does. Through this project students were able to spend time observing the details of plants that they can apply to the study of invasive species by learning how to tell the difference between native species as well as observing characteristics that are beneficial for an invasive species to succeed.
Heidi got this idea from an Artist in Residence activity at the community BioBlitz, hosted by NPS. It was a new way to do “scientific illustration” and Heidi was “fired up”.