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Art + Science Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions



What is distinctive about the A+S=Perception workshop?

The workshop engages art students and science students working together. The workshop focuses on learning the skills of collaboration and provides science students opportunities to learn artistic techniques (such photography and drawing) and art students the opportunity to learn scientific techniques (such as specimen collecting and research design). The workshop is a mix of classroom and field experiences in an extraordinary location.

Who is eligible to participate?

Graduate students from the US and other countries studying the visual arts in any medium and/or science in any discipline.

What skills are required?

Art students are not expected to have scientific backgrounds or training. Science students are not expected to have art skills or practice. The workshop instructors will assist graduate students working at all skill levels.

How many students and instructors will participate?

This workshop is limited to 16 graduate students. Two instructors will oversee the course: one artist (Todd Anderson) and one scientist (Gary Machlis).

What does the workshop fee cover?

The workshop fee is $1400 USD. The fee covers all ground transportation on Vieques including airport pick-up and drop-off, six nights of lodging, all meals, insurance, and instruction.

What are the meals like?

Meals will be prepared and taken at the workshop’s casitas. These include breakfast, lunches (sometimes at field sites), dinners, and snacks. Vegetarian options will be provided and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. In addition, several of the meals will provide opportunities for workshop participants to experience traditional Puerto Rican foods.


Can participants stay on the island or in Puerto Rico after the workshop is over?

Yes. However, keep in mind that the workshop begins 3 December and ends 10 December. Students are responsible for all arrangements and expenses related to any extended stay. Students are expected to participate in the entire workshop experience.

What COVID-19 protocols will be followed during the workshop?

Covid-19 protocols will depend on conditions at the time of the workshop, and follow CDC, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Clemson University requirements.

How can I reserve my place in the workshop?

With the workshop limited to 16 graduate students, advanced registration is strongly encouraged. To reserve your place, please complete the registration form on this website. A non-refundable deposit of $100 USD reserves your place in the workshop. Full payment of the remaining workshop fee is due no later than October 1, 2022.

How can I learn more about the Art+Science=Perception workshop?

To learn more about the workshop contact the instructors: Todd Anderson at and/or Gary Machlis at