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Forest Rain: Making Art & Exploring Rainforest Ecology

  • ACU Melbourne Gallery 26 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Australia (map)

Forest Rain: Exploring Rainforest Ecology, is an afternoon session making art and learning the science of rainforest ecology. 

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Visual ecologist, Aviva Reed, will facilitate an immersive afternoon of lecture, story and art based learning, in order to explore the complexity of rainforests and provide context to how they fit into our global story. Rainforests are both crucible of ancient life and makers of global atmospheres. This workshop will provide tools for reading, listening and being with rainforests, as a way to understand ecological integrity and thus provide skills for being the best ecological self we can be.

Aviva's methodology draws on both the hard sciences and creative pedagogies, combining art and science to encourage whole brain thinking. This workshop welcomes participants to explore their own creative potential through the process of co- creating an ecological portrait using collage, pencils and/or watercolour.

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Topics covered include rainforest evolution, moss, fungi and fern systems and how rainforests affect the global atmosphere and climate.

Aviva Reed is an award winning illustrator, artist & scientist. She has been working in these fields for over a decade, within tertiary, corporate and school environments. She refers to herself as a visual ecologist, someone who makes visible the invisible, through context, story and illustration. For more information go to

This workshop is part of the exhibition

Nature, Identity, Community, Spirit- artworks from Tarkine in Motion - 10-24 July.

A portion of all profits from this workshop go directly towards the defence of ancient ecosystems within tayatea/Tarkine, NW Tasmania.

Later Event: October 4
Make Art, Learn Ecology