Scientific Illustrator & Educator
She is proficient in a variety of media including traditional watercolor, gouache, acrylic, pen & ink, scratchboard, shaded pencil and carbon dust. Digital media skills include Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Dreamweaver. And with experience in graphic design and writing, she can organize your projects from start to finish.
Previous projects completed include natural history interpretive exhibits, children's books, laboratory manuals, scientific research papers, designs for posters and t-shirts, writing and illustrations for environmental newsletters, as well as a variety of graphic design projects.
Christine teaches workshops for both children and adults in biological illustration, for which she is well known for her lively presentations, intriguing biological specimens and high quality art materials.
For more information visit Christine's new website at: http://www.christineelder.com/.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
I'm offering a variety of nature sketching and bird sketching classes coming up March-summer at The Art Station in Bend, Oregon. Workshops include: Introduction to sketching birds, sketching raptors, sketching hummingbirds, and my 4 week course Drawing From Nature. Join up at www.artscentraloregon.org
Monday, January 20, 2014
Just returned from a bird watching trip to the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska for the winter holiday. We were scouting for a birding tour my partner is leading in June for his company, Paradise Birding.
We saw tons of wildlife, ate incredible seafood and enjoyed beautiful weather, despite only having 5 hours of sunlight daily. We made a separate blog of our journey at www.alaskabirding.tumbler.com.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I am teaching a variety of exciting workshops for kids this spring. Recently I taught a botanical illustration workshop for 7th grade kids,as part of an annual program I teach with Youth in Arts ( read more about it here : http://youthinarts.org/blog/ )
In May, I will be teaching two 1-day workshops entitled 'Biological Illustration for Kids' at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum and the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I painted this watercolor for a friend whose business is called Wild Bird Song Designs and she creates lovely crochet patterns, available from her website: http://www.wildbirdsongdesigns.wordpress.com/
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
The Friends of Deer Creek :
McDonald & Woodward Publishing:
Caddisfly Illustration by Christine Elder (at right, from book)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Check out her nesting activities at this wonderful site:
At left, I just finished this watercolor painting of a male Allen's visiting a monkeyflower in southern California. What a coincidence!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Kids in my workshop will get a chance to sketch and paint a variety of natural objects - from seashells to orchids - learning simple techniques for learning to create realistic drawings. Click on the Museum link below to learn more about this popular class.
Monday, December 14, 2009
It has been an honor to work with the wonderful folks at this park, and I'm hoping the children who use this book will love it as much as we do, & become inspired about nature, history and conservation. Park staff say "the booklets are extremely popular and since their publication we've been 'swearing new Junior Rangers in by the gazillions!"
Click on the following link to visit the National Park website and download a free copy of my book: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Published by the Friends of Deer Creek.
Illustrated by Christine Elder
We have finally finished The Bug Book, in which I created over 90 illustrations for this guide to stream insects. This new book contains illustrations and descriptions of 76 aquatic insect families within nine orders, plus 12 non-insect taxa. In addition, information on taxonomy, ecology and pollution tolerance are included. It is an excellent reference for scientists as well as volunteer water quality monitors who are interested in identifying the taxa in their streams as a way to gauge the health of the aquatic ecosystem. Each insect drawing I created is produced by sketching from a preserved specimen, observed under the microscope. Then I scan the image into my computer and redraw it in Adobe Illustrator. Converting these illustrations to vector format allows me to easily modify and update the drawings, and print them out at any size required. We have spent over two years on this new, 2nd edition of The Bug Book, and it promises to be a groundbreaking publication, highly useful and user-friendly to citizens and scientists alike!
To order a copy online visit: http://www.friendsofdeercreek.org/bugbook.html
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Testimonials for Christine's Art Classes
- "Christine is the rare professional artist who can bring art and natural science alive for kids"
- "Christine is stellar in the classroom"
- "She has the background & ability to design lessons and activities that are age-appropriate"
- "Her style engages & motivates students"
- "Her class was a week rich with lessons and activities that complemented the science curriculum"
- "Christine brings a passion and enthusiasm that is infectious"
- "I didn't know I could paint like this"