Educator Professional Development

Originial artwork by Barrett Anthony Klein Original artwork by Barrett Anthony Klein

10 Quintillion & Counting: The Art & Science of the Insect

Saturday, April 5, 2014
9 am-3:30 pm
Myrick Hixon Eco Park

Continuing Education and Extension at UW-La Crosse is pleased to partner with the Myrick Hixon Eco Park on the 3rd program in the series of STEAM workshops for educators. Hosted by and located at the Eco Park, the program will allow participants to experience the beautiful and inspiring setting of one of our local treasures. The sustained and generous contributions of the UW-La Crosse School of Education, Art Department, Murphy Library and the Steinke Saterbak Fund allow this series to continue and grow.


This workshop will focus on the 97% of described animal life on earth: those lacking vertebrae. In particular, we will explore members of the most diverse group of any category of organisms: the insects, of which there are now almost 1,000,000 documented species and a possible 10 quintillion individuals at any given time. Join UW-La Crosse Assistant Professor of Biology, Barrett Anthony Klein, in this engaging exploration of the art and science of the insect. For more information on Dr. Klein’s work:;

Guiding Questions:

  • Why use visuals to convey information and evoke emotions?
  • What role does visualizing data have in the process of discovery and communication of science concepts?
  • What techniques are effective in capturing the morphology or behavior of a subject?
  • Why are insects powerful subjects for artists?

In the morning, participants will use multiple means of observing specimens, including microscopy, camera lucida, and video. Observation will be followed by use of traditional scientific illustration techniques to translate observations to paper. Session will touch on the possibilities of digital enhancement and manipulation of images.

In the afternoon, we will explore the insect as subject for art. Participants will immerse themselves in a variety of artistic interpretations of the insect world. This will include a look at the work of artists who have adopted insects as their source of inspiration and vehicle of expression.

Throughout the day, participants will be encouraged to share ideas for implementing concepts and strategies in their classroom contexts, and consider how they may foster the use of art and science in their students’ understanding of the natural world.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop will engage all audiences. Educators of students of any age will find the content of interest to and adaptable for multiple settings.

When: Saturday, April 5: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (30 minutes allotted for lunch, please bring your own)
Where: Myrick Hixon Eco Park Meeting Room, La Crosse, Wis.
Presenters: Barrett Anthony Klein, Assistant Professor, Biology, UW-L
Cost including all materials: $55

Register soon-enrollment limited to 50 participants.  We reserve the right to cancel the program if minimum enrollment of 40 is not reached.

Workshop Registration

Cancellation of Workshop registration: If the UW-La Crosse Office of Continuing Education and Extension receives notice of a participant’s cancellation by the registration deadline of March 28, a full refund of fees minus a $10 processing charge will be made. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the deadline date.

Graduate Credit Option Available
EDS 500, Section 754
Credit Course requirements (1 page PDF)
UW-L Academic Credit Registration form and Online Admission Application Directions (3 page PDF)

Deadline for credit course registration is April 1. Four of the 50 seats are reserved for UW-La Crosse students, supported by the Steinke Saterbak Fund. No credit registrations will be taken on site.

Online UW-L admission application, registration and payment for credit are separate and in addition to workshop registration and payment.

The tuition plateau does not apply to students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate credit courses through the Office of Continuing Education and Extension.

For more information:
Briana Meuer, 608.785.6513 or