BIO 119 - Art of Science
The Art of Science is an introductory course that explores the fundamentals of scientific and medical illustration. Learn how to visually investigate and represent plants, animals, microbes and insects while you heighten your appreciation and understanding of the natural world. Create simple diagrams of plants and anatomical structures, as you delve into the mysterious worlds of botany, anatomy, physiology and entomology. Learn how to make colorful and informative visuals that could be used in textbooks, journals, museum displays, web sites, videos, educational software, or anatomical diagrams for medical professionals.
2 Class Hours, 3 Studio Hours
Objective of the Course:
1. Develop an appreciation for the relationship of art and science
2. Synthesize information, think critically and solve critical thinking problems; write clear, well organized essays or research papers that demonstrate synthesis.
3. Apply principles of scientific inquiry, differentiate a theory from a hypothesis, and differentiate fact from opinion in regard to biological sciences.
4. Define and correctly use scientific terminology in regard to biological organisms and processes.
5. Work well independently and in small groups. Show self-direction and motivation, and contribute to group work.
6. Students will demonstrate the ability to acquire and communicate scientific data, ideas, and interpretations through written, oral, and visual means.
7. Students will produce written reports that clearly and accurately describe and illustrate the background, methods, data, and interpretations relevant to a particular project.
8. Maintain a sketchbook/journal documenting the creative process.
9. Establish a drawing process.
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Articulate and appreciate the fundamental relationships between botany, zoology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and entomology.
2. Reflect on the history of scientific illustration and the shift from classical scholarship to direct observation.
3. Describe several basic principles associated with botany, zoology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and entomology.
4. Discuss relationships between art and science, including their personal relections about the value of exploring these relationships for both artists and scientists.
5. Explain essential considerations for making decisions about effective illustration (i.e., choice of medium, scaling, form, value, scientist goals) and provide constructive critique of illustrations.
6. Create detailed and realistic illustrations in a range of media that clearly convey essential scientific information about the subjects.
7. Implement the formal visual communication elements of line, shape, value, texture and space.
8. Appreciate and implement several visual communication mediums, including, but not limited to, pencil, ink, watercolor and digital drawing.
9. Understand copyright requirements, archival techniques, transfer methods, typography and techniques for presenting information.
10. Prepare a portfolio of their work.
11. Produce written reports that clearly and accurately describe and illustrate the background, methods, data, and interpretations relevant to a particular project.
12. Maintain a sketchbook/journal documenting the creative process.
13. Establish a drawing process.
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