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Advanced Sketchbook POSTPONED

Advanced Sketchbook: Drawing Animals

Course Starts

September 30, 2023

Course Time (CST)

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Course Type


Course Ends

November 18, 2023

Course Cost


Join instructor Jacki Whisenant on a deeper dive into the world of animal art, exploring different groups of animals and techniques for illustrating them through both a scientific and expressive lens. This course is designed for artists who already possess some drawing techniques, skills and tools, perhaps they’ve already taken one of Jacki’s other Sketchbook courses. The emphasis will be on form and dynamic expression in the animal, so instruction will focus mostly on pencil and pen work in the first half of the course, and then a foray into color in the last few weeks.

Postponed - New Schedule TBD!


These are a sampling of supplies that are used in traditional scientific illustration. Since this is a class for exploring these techniques, we don’t want you to break the bank if you don’t already have some of these materials, so only get a small number of items to try them out before investing a lot of money. If you any questions about materials, please let the instructor know.

  • Mixed media pad (any size, any brand) - or comparable sketchbook of medium to heavy weight paper that is good for a variety of wet and dry media.
  • Colored pencil set - should include at least 12 colors
  • Technical drawing pens (Pigma Micron pens or similar) Sizes: 0.5, 0.2, 0.05
  • Graphite pencils (at least 4B, 2B, HB, H)
  • Pentel waterbrush or similar (paintbrush with a handle that can be filled with water – this brush changed watercolors for Jacki)
  • Watercolor set with at least 10 colors, any brand that you are comfortable with, or if you are new to watercolors: a Cotman dry pan watercolor is just fine. If you would prefer to work with dry materials only, that is perfectly fine as well
  • Scrap paper for working out layouts (several sheets of plain printer paper is fine)
  • Erasers: Kneaded eraser, “regular” rubber or vinyl eraser
  • Tracing paper for transferring designs and grid/measuring work

Digital techniques are an essential part of contemporary scientific illustration practice, but this course will not specifically cover these programs. Jacki can demonstrate if interested.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course. Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail Operations Manager Matt Rezin.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


Jack Whisenant is a scientific illustrator with a fondness for bats, beetles, and other unsung ecological heroes. After completing a course in Science Illustration at CSU-Monterey Bay, Jack is currently finishing a Master's in Entomology at UW-Madison. Always inspired by the natural world, it is a delight to get outside and investigate tiny...

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