The Roundhouse Foundation and Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture present
Whychus Creek: Taking a Closer Look

During this workshop, explore Whychus Creek ecosystems, investigate scale, data, collecting samples, and creating prints/drawings based on your two days of research.

Workshop Overview

Join microbiologist and glass artist Jerri Bartholomew and explore Whychus Creek’s organisms and their ecosystems. Learn about stream habitat by examining material through the microscope, creating drawings, and gel prints. Expand your understanding and appreciation of the Whychus Creek ecosystem by exploring life at different scales.

We will examine the organisms and their communities of the Creek through multiple lenses to uncover complexities we cannot see with our naked eye. In the field, we will collect samples (e.g. plants, water, insects and soil) and data (e.g. temperature, pH, light level) that tell us something about what makes this ecosystem unique. Back in the studio, we will examine material collected through the microscope. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment artistically using drawing and gel printing (or a medium of your choice) and explore how our perceptions change with scale and how data can be incorporated into art. Participants will create a small book of prints annotated with drawings and data.

This event is for all experience levels. No previous experience is required in order to participate.

Event Details

This is a two-day event: Fri, Oct 7, 2022 and Sat, Oct 8, 2022. We ask that participants commit to attending both days of the workshop.

Space is limited and registration is required. Cost to participate is $40.

This event will be held at Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture (68467 Three Creeks Rd, Sisters, OR 97759). Directions and access instructions will be shared with participants ahead of the event.

Some materials provided, but we ask that participants bring 1) a sketchbook/journal and 2) their own art supplies to work in their own media of choice (e.g. photography, painting, writing, sketching).

About the Instructor

Microbiologist and glass artist Jerri Bartholomew teaches an Art-Sci course at Oregon State University where students artistically explore the microbial world around them. She uses microbial images in her own art, and her collaboration with other artists examining stinging cells of jellyfish and other cnidaria was featured recently in SciArt Magazine. More information about Jerri can be found at;

Published On: August 10th, 2022 / Categories: Pine Meadow Ranch, Pine Meadow Ranch Programs /