This is an excellent course for students of all abilities. The tutors were amazing and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in developing skills in scientific drawing and illustration.

Introduction to Scientific Illustration course participant


You will be introduced to the world of scientific and natural history illustration, with a focus on marine and coastal wildlife. The course will introduce a variety of drawing techniques, materials as well as how and why to use illustration to help document scientific observations and show concepts and processes. Over the two day course, everyone will begin to develop their own sketch books to keep and keep track of your own personal development. 

The unique course venue allows access to a variety of different fascinating subjects, expertise and equipment.

The medium used during the course will primarily be pencil. All equipment, including a range of paper types will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own preferred resources, ideas and subjects.

The course will include a combination of life drawing from specimens and microscopy, as well as basic introductions to: digitisation of sketches; drawing materials and equipment; the history of scientific illustration. 

Who should attend?

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in drawing wildlife for personal interest or scientific record taking or interpretation. In particular, those studying biological sciences, researchers and science communicators, teachers and amateur naturalists would particularly benefit.

MBA members receive a generous discount on all MBA organised training courses. If you are not already a member, you can join here before registering to receive a discounted rate.

Please be aware that if you are aged 16 - 18, you will be required to bring a permission form with you signed by a responsible parent or guardian to the event in order to participate. To obtain a copy of the form please email:

What is included?

The course fee includes all course materials, parking at the laboratory, packed lunch and tea and coffee throughout. By paying to participate in this course, you will be supporting the wider  work of the Marine Biological Association.

The 2 day course will run from 09:30 - 17:00 Saturday and 09:30 - 17:00 Sunday.

If you have any specific concerns or requirements, please contact