Drawing with Science

July 22 - July 23


Drawing with Science

Drawing with Science

This is a 2-day workshop.  Classes run 9-4pm with lunch included.

Are you interested in the natural world? Drawing is the perfect medium for exploration and discovery.

This drawing workshop will indulge and feed your curiosity by delving into the fascinating space where visual art meets science. In this class, students will be led through a series of experimental drawing projects, will be encouraged to discuss ideas and concepts, will learn about contemporary artists and have opportunities to share their discoveries with fellow classmates.

Drawing projects will include working with watercolour, gouache, graphite and ink on paper. Students will draw from real-life specimens and will also have a chance to express imaginative, personal interpretations of the subject matter. While scientific drawing often incorporates forms of repetition and methodical approaches, students will discover its whimsical and playful side as well. Topics will include observational drawing, intentional design, scientific illustration, infographics, specimens and using microscopes.

The instructor will provide short slideshow presentations that will encourage and inspire students and share about historic and contemporary partnerships between artists and scientists. After each project, participants will be invited to share their work and individual discoveries with the group.

This workshop will largely take place in a studio room with some time spent outside observing and collecting specimens. At the end of this weekend, participants will leave with a completed series of scientifically inspired drawings and the resources to continue exploring drawing with science at home.


  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $00
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: None required

Price: $362

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Natasha van Netten is a Canadian visual artist based in Victoria, BC. Her practice focuses on whales, cetology (the study of whales, dolphins and porpoises) and marine sciences. As a multi-disciplinary artist, she uses a variety of mediums to conceptually explore scientific information. Her art practice is strongly influenced by growing up along the BC coast and by her experiences at sea as crew on a sailing vessel.

Click here to read more about NATASHA van NETTEN

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If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.