Guild of Natural Science Illustrators - Great Plains Chapter


Upcoming Events

The Art of Live Animal Drawing - September 21 - 22, 2018; Instructor: Gail Guth

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This two-day workshop will help you capture the essence of live animals on paper, observing and recording their shape and motion; we’ll focus more on overall form and much less on details (that’s for the studio later!). The workshop will begin on Friday, Sept. 21, at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a bit of classroom instruction, slow-motion DVD’s and a few warm-up exercises, then on to sketch the cows, horses, and other assorted farm animals. On Saturday, we’ll travel to the university farm for more sketching time. Inclement weather may change our schedule, but we’ll have indoor shelter if needed.

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The Great Plains Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators will be participating in Bugfest at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Department of Entomology!


University of Nebraska-Lincoln UNL Love Library's new exhibit "Celebrating 10 Years of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators – Great Plains Chapter" is on display now through November. Artists reception is Friday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 7 pm. Along with their artwork, members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Great Plains Chapter will also exhibit tools, specimens, and educational information about scientific illustration and their chapter. Artists include Christine Bielski, Brooke Bristow, Dana Clements, John Cody, Sally Cox, Patty McGrane Harms, Donna Hendrickson, MaryBeth Hinrichs, Lana Koepke Johnson, Donna Schimonitz, Rick Simonson, Sara Taliaferro and Judy Wu-Smart. 

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Exhibit Coordinator is Melissa Sinner.


The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Conference and Annual Meeting will be at the University of California - Santa Cruz on July 3-9, 2016. GNSI-GP members, Rick Simonson and Sara Taliaferro will be presenting. Rick will be giving a 50 minute presentation titled "Using the iPad® in a Science Illustration Workflow". Rick and Sara will be co-presenting "Galapagos Islands: Biology and Natural History" (50-min. presentation). Go to the conference website to register and learn more.


Rhonda Nass will be teaching a colored pencil workshop. In celebration of our fabulous 10 years, we will be hosting Rhonda Nass, a nationally recognized colored pencil artist October 7-8, 2016 here in Lincoln on East Campus at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. See Rhonda's work here. Chapter members will have advanced registration (before anyone else) and a discount on workshop fees.

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