A webinar hosted by Sierra Club BC and Dr. Julius Csotonyi
We’re diving under the waves for our latest art lesson! Join scientific illustrator Dr. Julius Csotonyi in this online session where you’ll learn how to draw the fascinating octopus. You’ll also hear from special guests marine biologist James Cosgrove and Marine Detective Jackie Hildering, as well as our Sierra Club BC Education team including kQwa’st’not~Charlene George, ‘Ma̱kwa̱la~Dakota Smith and Ascher Goodman.
Not only will we be drawing this being, but we’ll also explore the rich and interconnected life they lead in their ocean home. For example, did you know that the octopus has three hearts, nine ‘brains’ and eight arms and yet moves as one? They have a lot to teach us about adaptability and how we can use our different talents to work together!
This one-hour webinar is open to people of all ages. We encourage teachers, students, parents and learners of all ages to join the fun! All you need is paper, pencils, an eraser and pencil crayons.
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About the artist
Dr. Julius Csotonyi is a Vancouver-based scientific illustrator and natural history fine artist. He has a scientific background in ecology (MSc) and microbiology (PhD) which has taken him to study sensitive ecosystems, from sand dunes in the Rocky Mountain parks to hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
These experiences have fuelled a strong resolve to work toward preserving the earth’s biota. Painting biological subjects is one means that he uses to both enhance public awareness of biological diversity and to motivate concern for its welfare.
He paints murals and panels that have appeared in numerous museums (e.g. the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History), press release images for scientific publications, books, stamp sets (e.g. the 2018 “Sharks of Canada” set for Canada Post), and coins for the Royal Canadian Mint. His work is viewable on his online gallery, http://csotonyi.com