The House of Illustration in partnership with the Wellcome Trust and three primary schools in London is running an exciting project bringing together biological science learning and illustration in the classroom. This blog has been established to document and share with you the progress and outcomes of the collaboration.

Professional illustrators with experience in primary education have been invited to run individual projects exploring science subjects through image maiking with year 5 and 6 pupils at the following schools: Sir John Cass Primary School in the City of London, Thornhill Primary School in Islington and Torriano Junior School in Camden. The science subjects being explored are microorganisms and the life cycle of plants, identifying and exploring local wildlife and blood circulation in the human body. Two scientists from Imperial College London are lending a hand with science advice and tips, and helping run hands-on biological science experiments in the classrooms.

Through this innovative project 180 children will get to be scientists and illustrators, finding things out for themselves about life processes and living things. They will be communicating what they find through drawing, collage, animation and graphic design.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting information on how each project is progressing, with comments from everyone involved and image of some of the work being created. Watch this space to see biological science coming to life in lots of exciting, visual ways.


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