CERF 2021 Workshop

How to Use Field Sketchbooks to Realistically Record Scientific Observations

Monday, 8 November 2021

2:45 PM – 6:45 PM ET
11:45 AM – 3:45 PM PT

Regular: $118  |  Student: $70
Maximum 15 participants.


About This Workshop

Participants will learn how sketching in the field allows a scientist to take realistic visual notes of spatial relationships, interactions among organisms, and the environment. Drawing techniques will be demonstrated by the Conference Artist. In the field, participants will practice these techniques to draw object(s) and the object in its environment. Participants will receive individual feedback about how to improve their drawings. Participants will receive a workshop manual containing detailed instructions for personal sketchbook construction and that describes drawing techniques discussed during the workshop. All drawing supplies, a wire-bound sketchbook, and materials to construct a personal sketchbook will be supplied.


 About the Presenters

Alice McEnerney-Cook

Alice McEnerney Cook Painting at Red Bank VA 
Painting at Red Bank, VA 2002

CERF 2021 Conference Artist, Alice McEnerney-Cook is offering a field sketchbook workshop for conference participants who wish to learn how to keep a field sketchbook to record visual observations in the field can facilitate scientific observation and offer insights that about how estuarine ecosystems behave. During the workshop participants will learn how to construct a personal sketchbook, learn about drawing techniques to facilitate recording observations, practice drawing, and receive one-on-one feedback about their drawings.

Alice has multiple years of experience teaching observational drawing techniques to beginning and advanced art students, as well as, to students with a desire to draw but with little or no experience.  Alice teaches Foundation art students at Stockton University and has over 30 years teaching fine arts in private and public K-12 schools. For more than 10 years, she has offered. drawing, field sketchbook, and plein-aire painting workshops for art and science teachers as part of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research Program’s outreach and education program. Alice has been the recipient of several prestigious sponsorships including the Geraldine R. Dodge Artist/Educator Initiative Award and the Art Science Initiative Project of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. She was the 2012 Artist in Residence at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center in Oyster, Virginia.

Alice’s artwork is featured public and private collections including the University of Virginia, The Nature Conservancy, The McGraw-Hill Company Collection, the New Jersey Museum of Boating, The Lincoln Investment Group, Joseph P. Shein Esq., and the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Alice has shown paintings in over 100 group exhibits at the MT Burton Gallery, the New Jersey State Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Noyes Museum, Woodmere Museum, The Masur Museum of Art, Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts and Science, The Gallery of American Crafts, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Farnsworth Art Museum, and Huntsville Museum of Art. Ten solo exhibits include those at Forsythe in Art at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, MT Burton Gallery, The Barrier Islands Center and Museum, American Littoral Society, Wetlands Institute, New Jersey Museum of Boating, Ocean City Art Center, Watermark Gallery, and the Tyme Gallery.