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SMArt Communications Masterclasses

SMArt Communications Masterclasses are a series of hands-on workshops for UWindsor undergraduate and graduate students aimed at building critical communication skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Designed and guided by professors in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS), these workshops will teach participants how to use artistic and creative skills to enhance their communication of STEM topics. Participants will also gain technical and transferable skills, challenge themselves creatively, and have the opportunity to create science-themed communication pieces of work with the support of professors from various fields, including film and media, visual arts, creative writing and music. 

Currently, Masterclasses are delivered virtually and synchronously over Blackboard Collaborate. While our SMArt Masterclassses are not for course credit, participants will receive a formal Recognition of Completion from the Faculties of Science and Engineering for each Masterclass. This recognition may be useful to include in student resumes/CVs, in applications to professional programs and in career development portfolios. Science students may also use their participation in a SMArt Masterclass as a form of "Engagement" in their LEAD medallion applications.

SMArt Masterclasses are inspired and supported by Science Meets Art (SMArt), a student-led initiative in the USci Network that fosters the creation of science-focused art pieces that educate and stimulate discussion on an array of science concepts and topics. Click here to learn more about SMArt


SMArt Communications Masterclass Registration

See It, Draw It, Know It - is a four-part, hands-on series instructed by Prof. Esther Van Eek (School of Dramatic Art) and delivered online through Blackboard.

Drawing is a visual language and a powerful communication tool in STEM. With some effort and practice, it is also an attainable skill. What are the barriers keeping you from adding this form of expression to your tool kit? 

Through guided practice of some fundamental drawing techniques, applied to your choice of STEM subjects, you will strengthen the connections between what your eye sees, your brain perceives, and your hand renders. 

Each of the four sessions will focus on simple skill-building exercises that, along with your out-of-class practice, will allow you to draw more confidently what you see and understand more deeply what you drew.

Open to all University of Windsor students. 

Recommended Course Materials: 

  • Several drawing pencils in a range of degrees (i.e. - HB, 2B, 4B)
  • Pencil sharpener or Xacto knife
  • Quality white vinyl eraser and/or kneadable rubber eraser
  • Drawing paper

Schedule: January 28 – February 18, 2022

  • Friday, Jan 28, 2022, 1:00PM-2:30PM -
    • Perceiving Edges: obstacles to perception, exercises with line
  • Friday, Feb 04, 2022 ,1:00PM-2:30PM -
    • Discerning Spaces: positive and negative spaces working together
  • Friday, Feb 11, 2022, 1:00PM-2:30PM -
    • Observing Relationships: sighting angles, measurements, and internal relationships
  • Friday, Feb 18, 2022, 1:00PM-2:30PM -
    • Understanding Values: relative lights and darks that reveal form


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Previous Masterclasses

Everyone Can Draw: Drawing as a Conceptual Tool in STEM is a four-part, hands-on series instructed by Professor Catherine Heard of the School of Creative Arts and delivered online through Blackboard.

We all draw as children, yet at a certain point in our lives, many of us stop drawing and begin saying “I can’t draw.” In four short classes, you will learn how drawing plays a key role in our daily lives, how it can be used to communicate STEM concepts to general audiences, and how it can serve as a tool for recording information in the field and lab. In addition, you will learn about how contemporary artists use the concepts that we will explore in this Masterclass. Throughout this series, you will build a portfolio that will be comprised of instructor-led exercises during class time as well as take-home activities to solidify the concepts being taught. You will be encouraged to learn about your own creative process, allowing you to utilize drawing as a conceptual tool in future applications, particularly in STEM. Open to all University of Windsor students.

Recommended Course Materials: 

You may have some of these items already.

  • HB, 2H or 4H Pencil
  • Eraser 
  • Ruler 
  • 8.5"x11" (or larger) white paper
  • Blindfold (can use a sleeping mask or strip of t-shirt fabric)
  • Optional:
    • Technical Pen
    • Fine Tipped Markers or Coloured Pencils
    • Additional art materials such as watercolours, brushes, glue, etc
    • Non-traditional materials

Schedule: Sept 24th - Oct 8th, 2021

  • Friday, Sept 24, 2021, 10:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Friday, Oct 1st, 2021, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Friday, Oct 8, 2021, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Friday, Oct 22, 2021 10:30AM – 12:00PM 

Shot, Sequence, Story: Translating Your STEM Message Through Film is a four-part, hands-on series instructed by Dr. Kim Nelson (School of Creative Arts) and Prof. Nick Hector  (SoCA/Communications, Media and Film).

In this primarily hands-on Masterclass, you will learn the art and craft of media messaging using ubiquitous technology: your smartphone and computer. The class will be delivered on-line through Blackboard. Each session begins with a synchronous media-rich lecture in which we lay down a theoretical framework. You will probe these ideas by working independently to design, film, and edit a short creative exercise focused on any STEM topic of your choice. Finally, you will post the result on our Blackboard discussion board and exchange views on peer works in a respectful collaborative learning environment. Open to all University of Windsor students. 

Schedule: May 20 - June 1st, 2021

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021, 03:30 PM – 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021, 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 01, 2021, 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Students are expected to attend all four sessions.