Jacki Whisenant is a scientific illustrator with a fondness for bats, beetles and other unsung ecological heroes. As an artist and educator, she enjoys finding ways of celebrating the many facets of the natural world, and encouraging enthusiasm for all aspects of science, from the vast down to the very small. Slowing down creates space to breath, sink your feet into the dirt, and notice small details of the surrounding environment. Each painting becomes a study in patience and the meditative practice of close observation.
A Madison native, she is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Entomology at UW-Madison, and holds a Master’s certificate in Science Illustration from the University of California - Monterey Bay. She delights in any opportunity to get outside, breathe the fresh air, and investigate tiny worlds hidden beneath logs and mosses.
Jacki's residency Under the Lens centers around large watercolor/mixed media paintings of tiny things, drawing attention to the smaller elements of the natural world that often go unnoticed.
Join a workshop or an open studio session from now through the end of October! More information at madisonbubbler.org.
Open Studio Sessions
Stop into the Bubbler Room to learn more about Jacki and why she is wild about the wild things in this world! Draw with her or take on your own interpretation of creatures real and unreal with various making materials.
Tuesdays from 6-8pm in the Bubbler
Wednesdays from 2-6pm in the Bubbler
Saturdays from 12:30 - 5pm in the Bubbler
Sundays from 2:30 - 5pm in the Bubbler
*No Open Studio: 11/12
Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm: On the Wing: Drawing Birds
Ages 10+; max 12 participants; register here!
Birds inspire the imagination, and this workshop will look at drawing the varied forms and beautiful colors of birds from around the world, as well as ones you may find in your own backyard.
Saturday Oct. 20 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Drawing Insects
Ages 16+; max 12 participants; register here!
This workshop will handle more delicate insect specimens for drawing insects - and we will work with the FoldScopes for higher detail drawing as well.
Saturday Oct. 27 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Creature Comparison - Skeletons!
All ages; max 12 participants; register here!
Just in time for Halloween, we will look at the fascinating structures within. Animals that look completely different on the outside all share a similar blueprint on the inside, and we are all more alike than we realize. We will look at basic skeletal anatomy and practice making our own skeletons of anything from badgers and giraffes to whales and even cartoon characters! Freehand or some guides will be available.
The Artist-in-Residence program, connecting artists to the community and the community to artists, is funded by Scooter Software, Inc. Learn more at madisonbubbler.org