Fourth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference












Science Illustration: Art as a Tool for Scientific Inquiry and Understanding

Jan Christopher Porinchak, M.F.A
Amanda Levine, M.A. Marine Biology
Amanda Furcall, B.A. Conservation Biology

Art can be used to open the way to further understanding Science concepts. This is a hands on workshop in which participants will learn to create artwork which their understanding of Natural History. A variety of hands-on guided art experiences will equip participants to sharpen their observation skills and inspire student desire to learn! Art activities will be mixed with guided outdoor (weather permitting) exploration of the environment with the instructors to make this class a rich educational opportunity.

Jan C. Porinchak is a Middle School Art teacher at Jericho UFSD. He is a Sierra Club hike leader, Cornell Cooperative qualified Master Naturalist, and a member and presenter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. E-mail:

Amanda Levine is a Marine Biologist. She has an  M.A. In Marine Conservation and Policy, Stony Brook University, and a B.S. in Marine Vertebrate Biology and Environmental Studies, Stony Brook University. E-mail:

Amanda Furcall attended SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, earning a degree in Conservation Biology and studied Public Administration at CUNY Baruch. She works at the North Shore Land Alliance. E-mail: