The Shell Lake Arts Center invites you to enter a world where science, technology, and art merge into nature-inspired masterpieces at its BioArt: Design in Nature Camp which runs the week of  June 17-22, 2018 with the instructor and professional artist Peter Krsko.  Open to students completing grades 6-12, and no experience necessary, participants will engage in a hands-on study of the natural world and transform their observations into bio-inspired works of art.  Krsko will guide students to observe natural materials, organisms and systems at micro-, meso- and macroscopic levels. During this process, students will analyze artistic and scientific approaches to studying nature and develop novel materials and fabrication processes based on the natural concepts. For example, students will create sculptures inspired by the spiders spinning structures called "stabilimentia" and discover the secret of how bees and wasps deposit perfect hexagonal combs by using a unique sculptor's tools. This camp will combine science and art through hands-on art making. 

In 2006, while working on a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Materials Science, Krsko discovered a way to use a traditional scanning electron microscope as a focused electron beam lithography instrument, enabling him to create artwork viewable only with a microscope.  After receiving his degree, Krsko was awarded a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, where his interests expanded into medically-relevant biological communities, bacterial biofilms, bioinspired materials, colors and vision and the combination of science and art in order to develop unique lesson plans for young students. He continues providing educational services to schools, summer camps, after-school programs and correctional facilities today.

Krsko also creates collaborative and community public art, such as sculptures and murals, inspired by biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, participation, and co-ownership. His sculptural installations mimic the structure and form of natural entities as well as the dynamics and laws of interactions among members of the ecosystems. This work has been presented in numerous galleries, festivals, and publications.

This camp will fill up fast, so sign up now to avoid missing out on the experience of a lifetime this summer.  Visit the Center’s website at to find out more and get registered.  You can also call 715-468-2414 or email for additional information.

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