College of Science

Department of Science Illustration

Summer of Science Illustration

Each summer, instructors from the Science Illustration Graduate Certificate Program host condensed summer classes. All levels are welcome - from interested amateurs and professionals honing their skills, to high school and college students who want to sketch the natural environment or learn to draw what they observe.

How to register

Cost and payment

Cost: $280 per unit + $39 per term campus fee = $879 per class

  • If you are not a CSUMB degree-track student, your fees are due at time of registration with check or Credit Card Authorization Form
  • If you are a CSUMB Degree Track Student, register and make your payment online in OASIS.

2021 courses

Registration for 2021 summer courses is now closed. Please check back in January for a full list of 2022 summer courses.

Digital Painting

Course Number: 30228

Number & Section: 395(30)

Dates: June 14-25

Schedule: asynchronous

Instructor: Justine Lee Hirten

Digital Painting Supplies

Explore science illustration using Adobe Photoshop. We will take a focused look into tablet based drawing and painting in Photoshop with the goal of making digital painting accessible to everyone. No prior art, science or digital illustration experience necessary, however basic computer skills are required.

Botanical Illustration

Course Number: 30231

Number & Section: 395 (33)

Dates: June 14-25

Schedule: M-F 9:00am-1:30pm (PT)

Instructor: Yvonne Byers

Botanical Illustration Supplies 2021

Join us for two weeks of painting and illustrating plants and flowers using pen & ink and watercolor. Students will gain insights into color theory, light, and a variety of useful illustration techniques. In addition, we’ll explore plant anatomy and plant structure for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the botanical world. All levels of experience are welcome. No prior art or science experience is necessary.

Digital Science Illustration

Course Number: 30230

Number & Section: 395(32)

Dates: June 28-July 9

Schedule: M-F 9:00am-1:30pm (PT)

Instructor: Amadeo Bachar

An introduction to illustrating science and natural subjects using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Includes graph design, digital inking and painting, and colorization of traditional media. The course focus covers both stand-alone digital illustration and the integration of traditional media within the digital platform. All levels of experience welcome.

Field Sketching

Course Number: 30226

Number & Section: 301 (30)

Dates: June 28-July 9

Schedule: M-F 9:00am-1:30pm (PT)

Instructor: Andrea Dingeldein

Field Sketching Supplies 2021

Field sketching can help you discover extraordinary natural subjects in ordinary places: from around your house, to your neighborhood, and beyond! This online course will cover basic drawing skills and color mixing techniques that will help you capture subjects in nature realistically, followed by several creative project prompts that will boost your observational skills and invigorate your sketchbook pages. Class instruction focuses mostly on pencil and watercolor techniques, but the use of a variety of materials is encouraged.

Marine Science Illustration

Course Number: 30227

Number & Section: 302(30)

Dates: July 12-23

Schedule: M-F 9:00am-1:30pm (PT)

Instructor: Amadeo Bachar

Marine Science-Illustration Supplies 2021

Drawing from online reference material including video, photo and written descriptions we will pursue an intensive study of marine critters and a range of ecosystems. Current science illustration styles and conventions will be covered, with a focus on basic drawing skills and multiple watercolor techniques in an online format.

Digital Painting

Course Number: 30229

Number & Section: 395(31)

Dates: July 12-23

Schedule: asynchronous

Instructor: Justine Lee Hirten

Digital Painting Supplies

Explore science illustration using Adobe Photoshop. We will take a focused look into tablet based drawing and painting in Photoshop with the goal of making digital painting accessible to everyone. No prior art, science or digital illustration experience necessary, however basic computer skills are required.

Carmel River State Beach by Andrea Dingeldein
Carmel River State Beach by Andrea Dingeldein