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Instructor Info:John Castorino
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Mitchell Stone
Sage Lau
Laura Waters
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Maura Burke
Term: 2014S
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:
•General Course Objectives:
–Gain an understanding of the basics of how life works.
–Merge creative capacities with what we understand about life.
•Specific Course Objectives:
–Generate a bioart dictionary to describe biological structures/ phenomena/ etc. from an artistic viewpoint.
–Generate a repository of online information about or in some way relating to bioart
–Generate art based off of our comprehension of biological phenomena.
Evaluation Criteria:
–Participation in class discussions
–Sketches / Assignments / Critiques
–Effort is a big deal
-Take pictures of all assignments to be turned in as a portfolio at the end of the semester.  If you don't turn in a portfolio, you don't get an eval!
Additional Info:

If you are not present for the first course meeting you cannot be in the course.