Robin Brickman, Natural Science Illustrator and School Workshop Leader

Research, color, cut, and shape paper into 3-D sculpted animals, plants, and insects!

For over 40 years, Robin has illustrated books and magazines, focusing on nature. Her artwork has appeared in nature guides, textbooks, and most recently in non-fiction children’s books. She has also traveled across the United States to schools and museums, leading popular hands-on workshops teaching children (and adults) how to create artwork depicting plants, animals, and insects.

Robin began her career with pen and ink line drawings, and then expanded into watercolors and other painting techniques. She is best known for her three-dimensional paper sculptures. She cuts, shapes, and paints paper, crafting realistic creatures and plants. Then she assembles lifelike collages portraying natural environments. When first seeing her 3-D paintings many people cannot believe that Robin made almost everything with painted paper. For her books the paper sculptures are photographed. For her workshops each student creates a part of a 3-D mural portraying a natural habitat.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:

Robin wants everyone to discover that they can explore the natural world through art. Success involves observation and simple supplies such as paper, scissors, and crayons. Art is a great way to study science and science is a great way to learn art.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:

Robin earned her B.A. in graphic arts and botany at Bennington College. She has worked as a professional artist since 1976, illustrating books and leading workshops since 2000. Robin has traveled to over 100 schools, libraries, museums, zoos, and aquariums to present her art and science workshops in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Arizona, Utah, California, and Costa Rica. In every setting teachers and parents have praised Robin’s instruction, visual aids, calm demeanor, and guidance for every age and ability.

Robin has exhibited her work in many places including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York State Museum, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Museum, the Bennington Museum, the National Aviary, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.


Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

Robin’s hands-on workshops stress the connection between art and natural science. She begins with a brief PowerPoint presentation showing the books she has illustrated and how she creates her 3-D paintings. Students then get to work with paper, crayons, and scissors making their own contributions to a habitat mural. Robin assembles the hundreds of student-made creatures into the school’s mural. Best of all, the entire school community views the finished mural. It is a source of pride to all who made its individual parts.

For School Visits, contact Robin or Janet Zade:

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School

High School




101-300 appearances



Willing to travel


Book Type:

Picture Book

Children's Non-Fiction


Adult Non-Fiction






Environmental Issues

Home and Garden