COURSES :: ME120.751 :: ophthalmological illustration

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    Offered: Second Quarter, Second Year
    Instructors: Howard Bartner, Associate Professor
    Juan Garcia, Assistant Professor
    Gary Lees, Associate Professor

    Credits: 4 Credits: 12 studio hours per wee

    Intensive review of gross and microscopic anatomy of the orbit. Common ophthalmological surgical procedures are observed and sketched; one procedure is rendered to completion. Special illustration techniques and introduction to the use of the patient examination instruments unique to ophthalmology are presented.

    COURSE objectives

  • Illustrate, with accepted conventions, normal anatomy of the external eye, orbital contents, histology of the peripheral fundus, macula, and optic disc.
  • Develop skills in a variety of drawing and painting techniques appropriate to the subject and purpose.
  • Complete surgical illustrations systematically by: sketching directly from surgery, counseling with surgeon, and illustrating for appropriate audience.
  • Use correct terminology when consulting with and illustrating for the ophthalmologist.


  • Wilmer Eye Institute: faculty, library and facilities
  • (1) indirect ophthalmoscope and (4) direct ophthalmoscopes and (1) slit lamp
  • Bartner Fundus Model
  • Department of Art as Applied to Medicine ophthalmology library (see library inventory list)
  • Collection of original fundus paintings by Annette Burgess

    COURSE assignments

  • Watercolor painting of external eye,
  • Watercolor painting of blue and brown iris,
  • One example of each: Continuous tone rendering of cornea, lens, and iris-corneal angle,
  • Observation, sketching, and watercolor painting of normal ocular fundus,
  • Observation and watercolor painting of ocular surgery (one procedure).

    COURSE evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Single project evaluations
  • Written examination
  • Final grade


    Three half days and one half Saturday per week during the fourth quarter. See the departmental calendar for the 2nd year students.

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