Art of Scientific Observation

11 August, 2010

Art of Scientific Observation
A participant in the Science by Observation workshop illustrates a feather.
Image: Sarah Edwards
Source: Museum Victoria

The first day of Museum Victoria’s three-week Art of Scientific Observation regional tour got off to a great start at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on 9 August.

Art of Scientific Observation combines performance, hands-on workshops and museum collection objects to emphasise the importance of observation and drawing to capture information about biodiversity.

Those that attended came from all walks of life: young children accompanied by grandparents, home schooling students and their parents, professional artists, interested general public, and a group of third year Environmental Science students from Ballarat University.

Bernard Caleo enthralled audiences with his performance of ‘William Blandowski', in which he told stories of his Blandowki's collecting adventures through regional Victoria. The resulting specimens formed the basis of Museum Victoria’s flora and fauna collections, while Blandowski’s drawings provide a lasting legacy of native flora and fauna that have subsequently become extinct through overgrazing and destruction of native habitat.

Art of Scientific Observation is part of the museum's National Science Week program and will tour northern, central and eastern Victoria until 26 August. To find a regional event near you, download the full tour schedule. Or if you're in Melbourne, come to a talk about the Art of Scientific Illustration at Melbourne Museum on 14 August.

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Helen Smyrek 31 August, 2010 13:21
I was thrilled with the performance by Bernard Caleo at Gippsland Gallery , Sale. How wonderful to see and touch such some of our beautiful creatures. Many thanks & please can we have more touring activities.
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