May 27th
May 28th
Career Development Course

Drawing for biology and biophysics, step 1: how to make a sketch ?

Drawing can be used in scientific communication, either between colleagues or with the general public!

This 1,5 day workshop  is a great opportunity to change your view on the graphic representation of biological phenomena: the main idea is that a simple sketch can sometimes provide more appropriate information than a perfectly “clean” vector graphic.

Renaud Chabrier is an author, draughtsman and film director. He creates illustrations for scientific publications as well as books for the general public like “Globule” or short movies like “Birth of a brain”. With his advice, you will be able to improve your drawing abilities!

Firstly, through charcoal and black stone drawing you will develop your ability to draw a cell and address a few fundamental aspects of the representation of movement. Secondly, you will progress to molecule and tissue representation, learning how to manage the spatiality of microscopic structures in sketching. Finally, there will be a group discussion about the works in progress and how drawing can be used in scientific transmission professionally.

May 27: 9.30am to 12.30pm

May 28: 9.30am to 5pm

Course in English
Registration deadline



During the first afternoon: we will practice simple stroke exercises with charcoal and black stone, in order to find enough ability for drawing a cell. Then, thanks to animated examples, we will address a few fundamental aspects of the representation of movement.

During the second day, we will first deal with the representation of molecules, and then with the representation of tissues. On this basis, we will speak about changes of space scale, time scales and abstraction levels. Then we will consider which objects and contexts, at human scale, can help us imagine the spatiality of microscopic structures.

Each participant will then focus on one topic, alone or by group. We will give a simple method combining two main aspects: gathering the existing visual documentation and sketching the new image. As a conclusion, we will discuss the works in progress, how they could be developed with various techniques (watercolour, pen, vector graphics, and so on…), and more generally how drawing can be used in scientific transmission, either between colleagues or with the general public.

Practical Informations

Practical Informations

No previous experience in drawing is necessary.

Paper and tools will be provided.

Each participant is free to bring his/her preferred tools.

Selection result
There is no registration fee for this course
Institut Curie
BDD, Salle Annexe 3 & 4

Maximum Number of Participants

20 people

Number of Participants

20 participants

Selection Criteria

First enrolled first served!



Renaud Chabrier


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