Norris Center Upcoming Events

The Norris Center hosts several natural history-themed events throughout the year that are open to students and natural historians of all ages at UCSC and beyond. Thanks to a generous donor this spring we are able to sponsor several workshops and speakers linking the Art and Science of Natural History.  We hope you can join us!

March 11th, 10am-4pm: Painting Feathers in Watercolor Workshop

Learn how to paint the feathers of owls, wild turkey, pheasants, hawks, etc. with artist Maryjo Koch. We will learn how to: layer on colors to make the feathers look soft; how to recreate the barred markings of the feather’s surface; how to fringe the edges of owl feathers that are used to quiet flight; and how to recreate the illusion of iridescence without using iridescent paint. When you are finished, you will have a beautiful feather and not know the real from the painted version! All supplies included.

Maryjo has taught nature painting at the Cal Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and has illustrated 18 books that are collected by people all around the world. www.kochstudios.com

Location: Ken Norris Center for Natural History at UCSC; Natural Sciences 2 Room 239

Parking: Free weekend parking in the Core West Parking Structure

Note: You must register for this workshop and there are a limited number of spaces. The cost of the workshop is $15 for current students and $50 for community members. Our registration system is maintained by the UCSC Outdoor Recreation Department. Current students automatically have an account set up on this system. Community members need to set up their own account before they can enroll. Click here for community member account set-up instructions. Once you've set up an account, click the community member link below to register.

Click here for Student Registration ($15)

Click here for Community Member Registration ($50)

March 18, 25, and April 1: Norris Center to Exhibit at the California Academy of Science.

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On three consecutive Saturdays in March and early April, the Norris Center will have exhibits on display at the California Academy of Science's insect/pollinator fair. We'll have displays about local pollinators and how to create habitat for them in suburban and urban areas. If you're in San Francisco on March 18, 25, or April 1, stop by and visit us! 

April 16th, 1-5pm: Landscape Explorations in Watercolor Workshop

Join this half day workshop with Erika Perloff to learn easy techniques for watercolor sketching outdoors. We'll explore the natural areas of lower campus and draw and paint scenes both intimate and grand using transparent watercolor, pen and pencil. Watercolor is a quick and easy medium for journaling, travel sketching and natural history field notes. No previous experience required. All supplies included.

Erika Perloff is a UCSC alum and professional artist based in Santa Cruz with over 30 years experience in education as a classroom teacher, environmental educator and ranger/naturalist. Her work is exhibited and sold widely. www.erikaperloff.com

Location: Lower UCSC Campus, specific location determined later in the spring

Parking: Free weekend parking in Lower Campus Lots

Note: You must register for this workshop and there are a limited number of spaces. The cost of the workshop is $15 for current students and $50 for community members. Our registration system is maintained by the UCSC Outdoor Recreation Department. Current students automatically have an account set up on this system. Community members need to set up their own account before they can enroll. Click here for community member account set-up instructions. Once you've set up an account, click the community member link below to register.

Click here for Student Registration ($15)

Click here for Community Member Registration ($50)

April 23rd 1:30-2:30pm Artist as Explorer: Painting in Tandem with Scientific Field Research Presentation

Join us at the Seymour Discovery Center where Lily Simonson will discuss her experiences as an artist who embeds in scientific research expeditions to remote environments-from scuba diving under the sea ice in Antarctica to exploring hydrothermal vents near the equator. Simonson’s work investigates these otherworldly landscapes and life forms as harbingers of dramatic global change. 

Lily has exhibited across the US and Europe and her art has appeared in a range of media outlets, including the LA Times, LA Weekly, MTV, and MSNBC. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BA from UC Berkeley and has taught painting at UC Berkeley and Cal Poly Pomona. www.lilysimonson.com

Location: La Feliz Room at the Seymour Discovery Center, Marine Science Campus, UCSC

Spring 2017 Independent Study: Science Illustration

The Norris Center is sponsoring an independent Natural History based Science Illustration class Spring of 2017. Click here for the application to the class. Please email your application to Juniper Harrower (jharrower@ucsc.edu) by February 23rd for full consideration.