The Lifeology SciComm Program has a new flashcard course to help scientists and other experts learn how to prepare for Sci-Art collaborations! This short course walks you through how to work with artists to improve your science communication efforts.
We’ve found that a majority of scientists, when asked, express a desire to collaborate with artists and other creators. They recognize that such Sci-Art collaborations can make their science more accessible and engaging for broader audiences. However, most scientists don’t end up working with artists. The barriers that stand in their way include funding… and not knowing where to start. Scientists may also make mistakes in their first collaborations with artists that leave them frustrated and unsure about starting future collaborations.
To address these concerns, we’ve created a fun and short Lifeology “flashcard” course about how to prepare for a successful Sci-Art collaboration! Jessika Raisor and I wrote this course and Sara Lynn Cramb illustrated it. Learn with our fictional character Jules, who is based on people Lifeology artists have worked with in the past. Through Jules’ journey, you will learn the do’s and don’ts of collaborating with an artist and see what a successful collaboration can look like and how valuable it can be.
From the Artist
I was very excited when Paige approached me to work on this course! It can be intimidating for some scientists, teachers and researchers to collaborate with artists. Our goal with this course was to make something approachable and that clearly laid out best practices for a successful sci-art collaboration.
Jessika Raisor did an excellent job with the script, making sure to cover the most pertinent topics. Paige and Elaine helped to refine the script and offered helpful feedback at every stage. I offered a bit of advice on things to consider and include from an artist’s perspective and endeavored to make illustrations that were equal parts informative and engaging.
I hope this course encourages more sci-art collaborations and can help improve the quality of those collaborations.