Biomedia Preview Workshops

Be the first to experience our brand new art-science workshop that will go out to schools in September as part of our Biomedia Meltdown Competition

BMM Preview Workshops

For the first time, the Linnean Society is offering previews to our special Biomedia Meltdown science-art workshops which bring natural history to life in secondary schools across London.

We use the latest technology alongside traditional and contemporary art media and techniques to create art-work which explores scientific concepts and thoughts. The resulting work is entered into our annual competition, with finalists' work displayed in our prestigious spring exhibition, and winners taking home some amazing prizes!

These limited workshops are strictly for young people aged 11-14. A responsible adult must fill out an information form which will be sent via email after booking, and remain in the immediate area and contactable throughout the session.

Thursday 1st August (11-1.30): Unseen Scientists

Participants will discover a range of under-recognised scientists and natural historians past and present, with a focus on underrepresented groups like women and minorities.

Examples from classical portraiture will inspire each participants’s own portrait collagraph/rubbing, including details describing their chosen unknown scientist’s area(s) of research/discovery.

Tuesday 6th August (11-1.30): Splendid Spores

Participants will learn about cryptogams — plants and fungi that reproduce using spores rather than seeds - and study unusual traits of this fascinating group.

We will then use the age-old textile art of felt-making to create a beautiful wool cloth illustrating their unique properties.

Tuesday 20th August (11-1.30): Twisted Taxonomy

Participants will learn how Linnaeus developed the science of taxonomy by observing common properties across species and sub-species. We will begin by practicing classification through observation of small organic and man-made objects.

After photographing these objects using iPads and digital scopes, we will use photo editing software to combine these images with plant, animal and landscape photos to create a photocomposite illustrating our own classification concept.

Thursday 29th August (11-1.30): Animal Anatomy

Participants will investigate how varieties of animal anatomies are adapted to each species’ needs and environment.

Participants will then create an illustration demonstrating this adaptation, choosing from cut-out, transparency, or pop-up techniques.