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Instructor Info:John Castorino
Office Extension x6239
TA Info:Neal Sanger
Elisabeth Rosenthal
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN

Life is full of hidden beauty. From the basic structures of biological compounds, to the movement of compounds within a cell, to the combined activities of tissues that contribute to the function of an organ, to the structures of complete organisms, the phenomena of life are both intellectually and aesthetically stimulating. This course will explore the complexities of life and use them as inspiration for creating art. We will learn the science in the classroom and laboratory and then move to the studio where students will utilize their comprehension of biological phenomena to create design and art projects. The characteristics of design that are apparent when observing biological forms (such as bundling, branching, repetition, variation, etc.) will be used as a starting vocabulary to develop works of art. Our goal is to use the relationship between art and science to foster a greater sensitivity to the aesthetics of natural forms, and to leave the classroom looking at our integrated and fragile relationship to the natural environment with new eyes. The course will culminate in an exhibition at the end of the semester.

Course Objectives:

1. Learn the basics of how life works.

2. Combine creative capacities with biology.

Evaluation Criteria:

1. Attendance

2. Participation in class discussions

3. Sketches

4. Final Project- Take something that you find interesting/inspiring from the class and do a larger art project based off of it.