trees viewed upward through canopyMFA student Garvin Chinnia will lead a free Creative Ecologies Masterclass at Art Windsor-Essex on May 16.

Masterclass to explore ecology through art

A workshop May 16 will give students and members of the community the opportunity to explore how drawing can build new relationships with local ecosystems and ecological interactions.

Sponsored by UWindsor’s SSHRC-funded Science Meets Art (SMArt) Communications initiative, the Creative Ecologies Masterclass is dedicated to promoting and improving science communications skills through arts training.

UWindsor MFA student and bioartist Garvin Chinnia will lead the free workshop, inviting participants to create circular drawings of subjects found on Art Windsor-Essex’s third floor Green Roof Terrace using handheld microscopes. Through observational drawing, participants will exemplify the inherent fragility and subjectivity of local ecology as it relates to the degrees of change in species abundance, composition, and environmental disturbances.

The SMArt Communications initiative is a partnership between the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, and Incubator art lab. It will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. May 16 at Art Windsor-Essex, located at 401 Riverside Drive West.

Students and community members can register directly on the creative ecologies Eventbrite site or by visiting the SMArt Communications Masterclasses website.