Nature in Black and White: Biological Illustration from N.C. State UniversityLOCATION: Nautilus Art Gallery of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
EVENT DATES: Jan. 7 through April 3, 2013
Nature in Black and White: Biological Illustration from N.C. State University features 24 pen and ink drawings of subjects ranging from microscopic organisms to beetles, birds and bones. Viewing is included with Aquarium admission.
"Other universities have biological illustration courses," says Jennifer Landin, assistant biology professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, "but these courses are offered through fine art programs. As far as I know, this is the only one that uses illustration to teach biology.
Most courses focus on illustrative techniques. In this course, we generally use pen and ink. Thus the focus stays on biology rather than art. Nature is already beautiful, so students' work ends up looking fantastic."
The results are all the more remarkable because some students could not draw when they enrolled. As the course syllabus notes, "No drawing skills necessary. You'll be learning how to draw during class."
"The best part about biological illustration is that students use their illustrations to teach others about biology," Landin said. "When students display their work at public venues like the Aquarium, their excitement for biology gets passed along."