You’re invited!

When: September 26, 10 AM to 4 or 5 PM
Where: The Community Room at Fortinos, 60 Quarry Edge Dr., Brampton:
Who: SONSI members and the public
Fee: There is no fee for members. A donation of $5 would be appreciated from non-members, to help us pay for the cost of food (IF you plan to join us for lunch).
RSVP: To or to Emily by September 17

This year’s Presentation Day is a full schedule of unique workshops! We have three experts who have generously agreed to show you their techniques.

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM — Arrive
10:00 AM to 11:25 AM — Coloured pencil workshop by Nellie Sue Potter (see details below)
11:25 AM to 11:35 AM — Break
11:35 AM to 1:00 PM — Archaeological illustration workshop by Kathryn Killackey (see details below)
~1:00 PM to 2:00 PM — Lunch – funded by SONSI, provided by Fortinos. Vegetarian, Gluten-free and nut-free items will be available.
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (possibly longer) — Acrylic demo by Linda Montgomery (see details below)
The room must be vacated by 5:30 PM.

5:30 PM ish — meet at a nearby restaurant for a casual dinner (not funded by SONSI).
When you RSVP, please let me know if you intend to join us for dinner so that I can make the appropriate reservations.


Coloured pencil workshop by Nellie Sue Potter

(c) Nellie Sue Potter

* Nellie Sue will provide paper, subjects, and tools for techniques.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the use of colored pencils in botanical illustration. Nellie Sue will give an overview of the medium and discuss materials and techniques. She will then demonstrate some of the processes and techniques. Participants will have the chance to try these techniques themselves. Please bring coloured pencils, pencil sharpener, graphite pencils, a white eraser, and a kneaded eraser.

Nellie Sue Potter is a botanical artist who teaches in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Botanical Garden and the High Park Nature Center. Her tree illustrations grace the cover and interior of the latest publication in the City of Toronto’s Biodiversity Series: Trees and Shrubs of Toronto.


Archaeological illustration workshop by Kathryn Killackey

(c) Kathryn Killackey

This workshop will provide an introduction to archaeological artifact illustration.  Artifact illustration is a distinct sub-discipline of science illustration with its own set of conventions and styles.  Kathryn will provide an overview of these conventions and styles for different archaeological materials. She will then demonstrate the illustration process, from initial examination of the artifact through final digital editing.  Attendees will have the chance to follow along and draw a coffee mug (which we can pretend is a rare archaeological vessel) according to archaeological conventions. Please bring a coffee mug (remember – more decoration equals more challenging to draw!), pencils, eraser, ruler, and a caliper if you own one.

Kathryn Killackey is a science illustrator with extensive experience illustrating archaeological subjects from a range of time periods and geographic areas. She has been the project illustrator for the Çatalhöyük Research Project for the past 9 years.


Acrylic Demonstration by Linda Montgomery

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Linda Montgomery