Birches

Hi, I’m Rachel Sargent Mirus, a STEAM teaching artist and science writer. Originally trained in biology, I worked in research labs and museums across the country, and along the way I became interested in science writing and education.

I write about subjects ranging from climate change to gene therapy. My art interests focus on drawing and painting subjects from nature following the traditions of natural history illustration. While I do love making art, I am also passionate about using art to teach the life sciences. Drawing and writing encourage you to slow down and think about small details, like a beetle on a leaf, giving you the time and space to really see and understand. This practice of thoughtful observation is the skill I most want to teach: it is not only the foundation of effective illustration and description, but also how to think like a scientist.

Painting of Red Milkweed Beetles on Milkweed plants

To stay up to date with me, follow my brand page on Facebook! @rachelsargentscybercabinet

 

Writing

As a freelance writer I have written and edited primarily for Northern Woodlands and the Vermont Biosciences Alliance. Many of my Northern Woodlands pieces are online: Northern Woodlands site

Here is some of my VBSA writing: DRIVEN article

And check out my blog on this site, Scientific Vermont

Please contact me if you are interested in discussing a freelance writing project! My rates are negotiable depending on the nature of the project. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Teaching

I work as a freelance teaching artist with a focus on integrating art and science. I've run workshops for organizations as diverse as Paul Smith's College, the Green Mountain Club, and Radiate Art Space. I’m on the Vermont Teaching Artist roster, which means I’m eligible for the Arts Council's Artists in Schools grants. You can read more on the Teaching Artist page.

Please contact me if you are interested in hosting a teaching artist residency with me! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Art

I sell framed giclee prints and small batch cards through the shop on this site. Check back regularly as I often run limited edition specials! You can see more of my art on the Gallery page.

I’m also available to do commissions, please contact me if you are interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bichir logo with monarch painting behind

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