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Subject: Marine Scientific Illustration and Underwater Photography 2008
From: "Archipelagos, IMERAS" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 24 Mar 2008 20:42:30 +0200

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 Field course from Archipelagos 2008
Please forward to any relevant parties who may be interested in the following course:

Marine Scientific Illustration and 
Underwater Photography 2008

A unique opportunity to explore the fascinating underwater life of the
Aegean Sea and discover the links between science and art.

Following the success of our 2007 summer field courses we are again
running a series of field courses in Scientific Illustration of Marine
Fauna & Flora of the Aegean Sea. This course is aimed at students and
graduates of Illustration, Design, Marine Biology and Environmental
Sciences, as well as of related fields. Applicants will also be
considered from a non-scientific or artistic background. Non-graduates
are also welcome. The only requirement is a keen interest in marine
life and the depiction of this life through photography and
This will be a 10-day course based on the island of Ikaria comprising
lectures, seminars, workshops and practical fieldwork. Participants
will gain first-hand experience in all stages of producing an
accomplished scientific illustration, from procuring source material
in the field to painting methods and techniques. Intensive
observational drawing workshops will be delivered in the studio and in
the field.

Participants will spend time developing their underwater photography
skills in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean. The local area
offers a diversity of different marine environments, which are home to
an abundance of weird and wonderful marine organisms.
These experiences will then be utilised to create a piece of artwork
that reflects the diversity, and the beauty, of the underwater world.
Tuition is given throughout the course in techniques of snorkelling,
photography, painting and observational drawing, but there is also the
freedom for students to explore the subject in an individual and
creative way. Guidance will also be given for those wishing to produce
a traditional and anatomically correct scientific illustration.

Topics covered

1. What is Scientific Illustration? Processes and applications.
2. Introduction to species identification in the field. Presentations
on Invertebrates, Algae and Fish.
3. Biodiversity and conservation of Aegean Sea ecosystems
4. Underwater photography. Training in use of equipment.
5. Snorkeling, safety procedures, best practice rules and discussion
on Aegean Sea habitats: where particular species can be found.
6. Practical training in underwater photography in the field.
7. Self evaluation of resource material to determine gaps in information.
8. Observational drawing skills. Workshops in the field and in the studio.
9. Colour theory. Painting techniques using a variety of media.
10. Applying species identification skills to illustrating of species.

Course Dates

For 2008 we offer the following dates:

A:  29/5 to 7/6

B:  3/7 to 12/7

C:  1/9 to 10/9


The number of participants is limited to 10 (minimum 4). The fee for
the ten-day course is 650 Euros, including all day activities of the
program, accommodation, snorkeling excursions, drawing and painting
materials and half board meals (breakfast and lunch).

For more information please see our website: or
contact Abigail Lingford at: [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] 


Archipelagos, Institute of Marine & Environmental Research of the

Aegean Sea, is a Greek non-profit environmental NGO, that works toward
the conservation of the natural environment of the GreekSeas.
Archipelagos' action combines scientific research into the
biodiversity of the marine and terrestrial environment of the Greek
seas and islands, with efficient conservation work in which local
communities play an active part.

Parallel to the research and conservation work carried out year round,
in research bases and stations in Aegean Sea islands, Archipelagos offers a series of educational/practical training activities, 
in various fields of environmental research and conservation.

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