Workshops conceived and led by Gemma Anderson

Grinnell College Art and Science Course

Biology and Art course and workshops, at Grinell College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Grinnell, Iowa. April 2018.

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On Growth and Form

Lorentz Center, Snellius, Leiden, Netherlands, Monday 23th – Friday 27th October 2017

In 2017, it will be a hundred years since the first edition of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s classic book “On Growth and Form” was published. This seminal publication marks the beginning of modern mathematical biology. The overall goal of this workshop is to bring together a multi-disciplinary community inspired by D’Arcy Thompson’s work, with participants from the fields of developmental and mathematical biology, science history and philosophy, mathematics, art, and architecture.

Organised by Gemma Anderson (Exeter University, UK), Hester Breman (Meromorf Press, UK), Johannes Jaeger (KLI, Klosterneuburg, Austria), Jaap Kaandorp (UvA Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Peter Sloot (UvA-IAS, The Netherlands).

Workshop website here

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Anderson's most recent project 'The Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre' now has a website archive of all interdisciplinary drawing workshops:

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Isomorphogenesis (Organic Systems) Drawing Workshop: Experimenting with observational drawing and algorithm in response to natural form.

'Isomorphogenesis' is an extended Organic Systems drawing process, which relates directly to Natural Form. In this workshop Anderson shares this experimental drawing methods, which performs an analogue to morphogenesis. Practiced in the museum, laboratory and the field, this is a rare opportunity to get hands on experience of the Museum and University collections and to gain insight into evolutionary processes through drawing.

Image: Isomorphogenesis no. 4

Riddles of Form exhibition


Combining artistic and scientific methodologies, this workshop explores the shared forms and symmetries of animal, mineral and plant specimens through drawing practice.

Image: Falmouth University student practicing the Isomorphology method at Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly, 2012

Riddles of Form exhibition

Drawing in the Fourth Dimension

Drawing the platonic solids in the fourth spatial dimension

Image: Octahedron in the Fourth Dimension, Copper etching and Lithographic monoprint, Gemma Anderson, 2013.

Riddles of Form exhibition

Drawing Methods for Scientists

Combining artistic and scientific methodologies, this workshop builds observation and drawing skills

Image: Scientists practicing the Creative Morphologymethod at the Natural History Museum, London, 2013

Riddles of Form exhibition

Isomorphogenesis at the Natural History Museum London

Image: Specimens from the Natural History Museum collections, London

Riddles of Form exhibition

Creative Morphology

Rigorous observational drawing method with an introduction to Goethe’s morphology and developmental processes.

Image: Royal College of Art students practicing the Creative Morphologymethod at the Natural History Museum, London, 2013

Riddles of Form exhibition

Drawing and Mathematics

This workshop reveals the unusual cases of drawing as mathematical proof in geometry and topology, from Pythagoras theorem to unknotting numbers

Image: Pythagoras Theorum, Copper Etching, Japanese Ink, 2013

Riddles of Form exhibition

Synesthesia: Music and Line

This workshop explores the links between musical rhythm and gestural line, taking inspiration from the work of Paul Klee and Charles Burchfield

Image: Paul Klee: Instrument for New Music (1914)

Riddles of Form exhibition