Dry Media – A Herbarium Art Workshop

Workshop Poster high re copyA herbarium is a biorepository of dried, preserved plant specimens for scientific study. The University of Manitoba Herbarium houses the largest collection of vascular plants in Manitoba, with over 76,000 records. Artists will gain access to this plant collection, view specimens beneath dissection microscopes, and capture images with a microscope camera. Projects resulting from the workshop (not limited to drawings) will be shown in a group exhibit at the Edge Gallery from February 20th-March 6th 2015.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Helga Jakobson, visual artist
  • Chantal Dupas, visual artist
  • Dawn Wood, plant scientist
  • Diana Sawatzky, botanist, hebarium assistant curator


To Apply:

Space is limited. Please submit your name and contact information, with 250 words expressing your interest in this workshop to Diana.Sawatzky@umanitoba.ca by November 14th 2014.

What to Bring:

  • memory stick for storing photos
  • your choice of “dry media” (please do not bring paint, uncontained ink, watercolors, etc.)
  • a bagged lunch


Saturday, Nov.29

  • 10:00 – Introduction to Bio Art, Artist talks (Helga Jakobson, Chantal Dupas), History of Illustration in Botany (Dawn Wood)
  • 11:30 – Introduction to microscope use, camera
  • 12:30 – Lunch break
  • 1:30 – 4:00 – Drawing


Sunday, Nov.30

  • Noon – 3:00 – Drawing (optional)



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