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I  wanted to let everyone know about an upcoming workshop at The Campbell 
Center  for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois, in the 
northwest  corner of the state. "Illustration for Education and Programming" 
will be taught  by Peggy Macnamara and Dan Brinkmeier from Chicago's Field 
Museum and will be  held August 5-7, 2013. I have attended  programs at the 
Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in the past.  It is 
located in the previous location of Shimer College. The setting is  fabulous! 
Gorgeous old college buildings and park-like campus. Housing is in the  dorms. 
Classes are small and personal, everyone gets to know each other very  well, 
and there is usually a group of people from your class or others joining  
together to go out to dinner at one of the unique restaurants in town and  
nearby. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are held in the "cafeteria," which is much 
 more cozy than the name suggests. I felt it was more like having a 
personal  chef, and found myself, after the class was over, looking for my 
fresh-baked  cookie around 3:00. The atmosphere is friendly, comfortable, and 
casual, and for  me, it was a great get-a-way! Their website is 
http://campbellcenter.org/.  Here is the announcement: 
Illustration  for Education and Programming  
Instructors:_  Peggy McNamara_ 
(http://www.campbellcenter.org/pages/instructors.html#mcnamara)  and _Dan  Brinkmeier_ 
(http://www.campbellcenter.org/pages/instructors.html#brinkmeier)  
Date:  August 5-7, 2013  
Cost:  Tuition and Materials Fee: $715  
Team-taught  by Peggy MacNamara and Dan Brinkmeier, scientific illustrators 
and studio  artists with a long professional association with Chicago’s 
Field Museum. This  four-day course combines conceptual and thematic 
instruction, art history, and  skill development through technical drawing and 
visualization of natural science  concepts. Participants will be able to enhance 
their skills to better design and  develop graphic materials and other visual 
elements used in exhibits, school  outreach programs and areas of museum 
public programming such as environmental  conservation. The course structure 
will include lecture, group discussion, and  practice in drawing, illustration 
concepts, and studio art.  
Other  key aspects of this class include:  This  course is suitable for 
participants with all levels of drawing skills or art; as  participants may 
choose to concentrate on simple visualization techniques  (planning and design) 
leading to conceptual development of exhibit elements,  educational 
activities or materials, or illustrations used in publications or  electronic 
media. For example, the entire course may be spent visualizing and  developing a 
museum exhibit diorama or large mural that is to be completed by  another 
artist. Finished artwork may not be an outcome in this case, but there  will 
be an emphasis on development of concept visualizations and content  
organization using simple sketches or rough drawings. Participants are also  
encouraged to bring their own projects to the course. For those desiring  more art 
instruction and skill development in drawing techniques, there will be  two 
main areas to be covered:  (1.), scientific (technical) illustration or  
rendering, and the visual representation of artifacts, biological specimens, 
and  other objects common to natural history museums; and  (2.), an 
introduction  to other forms of illustration and visual representation used in public 
media  and education, such as the use of comics in natural science programs. 
To the  greatest degree possible, the course will also make use of the 
local environment  as subject matter, depicting locally obtained cultural 
objects, biological  specimens, and working from the local landscape through 
drawing and painting.  Although some basic drawing materials are provided, 
participants are also  encouraged to bring their own preferred art materials  if 
they plan to work  in a medium in which they are already familiar (such as 
watercolor or  acrylic).  
Because  of the open-ended structure of this course, instruction will be 
provided at all  levels of artistic skill, from the beginning stage to more 
advanced levels in  drawing and painting. There will also be the opportunity 
for course participants  to work together on a group project, so that 
participants with less developed  art skills may concentrate on thematic content 
and design/development, while  collaborating with more advanced 
participant/artists to do the actual  production, much in the way that a museum exhibit 
team would function to produce  a diorama, mural, or exhibit.

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