Science and the Universe - Paleoart Imagining Lost Worlds

CLLC-L 130 / CLASS 12611 — Spring 2021

Edmondson Basement Classroom on M/W, GY 214 on F
Days and Times
M/W 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., F 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Images of dinosaurs and other extinct creatures are everywhere, from the children’s toys to the Jurassic Park. How can we know what these long dead animals looked like? Through this course, we will discuss the combination of art and science that goes into recreating a prehistoric animal. We will look at the shared anatomy of tetrapods, the group that includes mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians, and how that shared anatomy can be extrapolated back to their extinct ancestors. Students will critique existing art pieces through discussion in class and practice drawing in the labs. This is an opportunity for anyone of any artistic skill level to improve their drawing. The course will culminate with a final project from which students can chose one of two options: either writing in depth critique or creating a paleontological art piece themselves

Instructor: Anne Kort

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)