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    Offered: 4th Quarter, First year
    Instructors: Timothy H. Phelps, Associate Professor
    Credits: 3 Credits: 2 Lecture hours and 8 Studio hours per week

    Individual biological illustration projects developed, researched and visualized in two-dimensional format. The course will draw from all techniques and methods developed during the first year coursework. Projects are derived from contact with the resources at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The student is encouraged to select projects that have publishable value and potential use by the content expert.

    COURSE objectives

  • Develop existing artistic and research skills as applied to biological subjects
  • Create an original illustration depicting an aspect of natural science
  • Coordinate information from specimens, content experts, on-site participation, textbooks, and journals.


  • Hodges, E. Ed. 1989. The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration. Van Nostrand Reinhold
  • The Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
  • The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

    COURSE assignments

    Research and illustrate a plate depicting some concept of natural science illustration in student's choice of medium in consultation with client. Student will consult appropriate resources and content experts connected with the National Aquarium.

    COURSE evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Review of sketches
  • Written critique on final project
  • Final grade


    Two half days and one full day per week during Fourth Quarter. See departmental calendar for the First Year.

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