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Biological Illustration

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the field of Biological Illustration. The opportunity to learn the tenets of traditional media and expectations in producing renderings suitable for publication are a paramount feature of this intensive course that puts skills to use immediately.

Employing a range of media, students will learn the protocols of scientific rendering in an intensive hands-on approach. Specimens and subjects will be chosen from material available at Brown Greenhouse and Anatomy labs. Material may include gross specimens including dissections, microscope slides and living material. Media may include studies in graphite/carbon dust; pen and ink (stipple and line); scratchboard, colored pencil, watercolor and polymer clay. The week will also feature presentations and demonstrations on the history and practice of scientific illustration. During this week, students can expect to complete several complete portfolio-quality projects.

This course intends to instruct students of art/biology in the tenets of traditional media, and expectations in producing renderings suitable for publication. This intensive course puts skills to use immediately. Students will learn how to arrange specimens of various types, illuminate and measure them, and build a scientific drawing from sketch to completion. The goal is to produce a series of exemplary pieces in the process, and hone skills with daily critiques and exercises.

Appreciation for biological structures and systems; facility, enthusiasm and some talent in illustration/painting.

*Please Note: This course has a Material Fee of $125.00.