Introduction to Scientific Illustration

Summer 2021 First Session
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 18
4 Credits per quarter
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Gain confidence in observing form while working with biological subjects to document and interpret what you see. An introduction to the practice of natural science illustration is complemented by critique sessions allowing students to discuss and respond to each other's work. Build observational and visual interpretation skills while exploring illustration using a variety of techniques, including graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. 

The focus of this fundamental class is drawing, from gestural sketching to precision rendering of illustrations for scientific purposes. Each student is given the opportunity to render selected subjects from their own collection in a variety of demonstrated techniques. Students can choose to illustrate special objects from their personal collections. Students will progress towards creating 3 final projects which will be displayed in a virtual class exhibit online, or an exhibit in the Lab buildings on campus depending on the social distancing directives.

Our work may be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.

This offering will include lectures, workshops, and seminars. Learning will include recorded lectures and video-conferencing workshop sessions and seminars.  Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit. 


Summer 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

First Session (4): 40059

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

Art, Natural History, Science, Illustration

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$110 for required purchase and delivery of art supplies 


Time Offered
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First Meeting