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Maquetting for Science Visualization

Maquetting for Science Visualization Online

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Maquettes are mini models that are typically used in architecture and sculpture work to help visualize how the finished piece will look before beginning construction. When creating compelling visualizations for science, we are often visualizing objects that cannot be observed in 3D space (such as viruses). Here, maquettes are used to help us understand how such objects would behave in 3D space, such as realistic lighting and form. In this workshop we will be using everyday objects to create a maquette of the COVID-19 virus, and use it to create a base for a simple scientific illustration. 


  • Understand how maquettes are used for science visualization.
  • Discuss different methods of creating maquettes (physical materials, 3D programs).
  • Create a maquette of the COVID-19 virus out of everyday objects (see a list of recommended supplies for the maquette activity below).

Recommended supplies: paper and drawing tool; one round object that can be punctured (e.g., any round fruit, styrofoam ball, aluminum foil ball, ball of wet clay/playdough, ball of socks); any object small and strong enough to puncture (e.g., whole cloves, push pins, paper clips, toothpicks, earring studs).

The workshop will be led by Farah Hamade, UCSF Library's current Artist in Residence. To learn more about the Artist in Residence program, visit the UCSF Library website.

This workshop is open to the UCSF community and will be held via Zoom. Attendees will receive the Zoom link and password after registering.

If you have questions about this event, email makerslab@ucsf.edu.

Friday, Feb 19 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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