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Discover Extremophiles: Drawing Aliens with Bettina Forget

Bettina Forget's virtual residency at 4TH SPACE runs from July 27 to July 31. Look out for #4thSpaceAliens!

Date & time
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Other dates

Thursday, July 30, 2020


This event is free






Join artist and Concordia Public Scholar Bettina Forget for a hands-on drawing session that explores this planet’s weirdest creatures: extremophiles. These tough organisms live in extreme environments, from the boiling waters of volcanic vents to the cold, airless depths of outer space. Could they give us clues about life beyond Earth? In this interactive workshop, draw your own extremophile and imagine its life on another planet.

What you will need: Paper, pencil, eraser. Optional: coloured pencils, felt tip pens, watercolours.

How can you participate? Register for our Zoom event. You can also follow along through a live-stream on 4TH SPACE’s Facebook page. After you've drawn your alien, share it on social media and use the hashtag #4thSpaceAliens.

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Bettina Forget is a doctoral candidate in Art Education and Public Scholar at Concordia. Her research explores the intersection of art and science, and how transdisciplinary education may disrupt gender stereotypes. She owns and directs Visual Voice Gallery, which presents contemporary art that makes a connection to science. She is the Director of the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence Program and VP and Director of Fine Art at the Convergence Initiative. Her creative practice fuses art and astronomy, and her artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her doctoral research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a Renata and Michal Hornstein Doctoral Fellowship.


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