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Learning to see - Alumni Profiles
December 2013 Issue
Jennifer Landin will tell you that she is not an artist and that the popular biological illustration class she teaches is not an art class. Yes, there are art majors in the class at N.C. State University and, yes, her students’ drawings have been exhibited at a state museum. But Landin’s class is a biology class, one that explores the diversity of multicellular organisms. And while that is done through detailed pen-and-ink drawings, what Landin (BSFR ’94) is teaching is the ability to observe. “Lines and dots, that’s all drawing is,” says Landin, an assistant professor at N.C. State. “It’s the ability to see properly, that I’m teaching. I don’t teach drawing at all. I teach seeing.” One of the keys to a successful biological illustration, Landin says, is patience. It is the patience to research whatever it is you are drawing, to understand that the only difference between two types of woodpeckers is the proportion of the bill that extends …
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