Continuing Education

Introduction to Bio Materials

FIC-2509-A
Instructor: Tarah Rhoda
SUNDAY 1/28/17-3/4/17
Hours: 3:00PM-6:00PM
Tuition: $500

 

 

Artists have always been inspired by nature and more recently have begun to apply
the advancements of biotechnologies into their work. In this course students will be
introduced to the field of bio art and work in SVA’s state-of-the-art Bio Art Laboratory.
We will explore how to cultivate and creatively manipulate several model organisms,
such as fungi, bacteria, yeast and plants. Many of these organisms have image
rendering and mold-making capabilities that can be harnessed as new construction
materials. Students will make mycelium sculptures, grow visceral sheets of bacterial
cellulose, produce chlorophyll prints, and paint with bacteria genetically modified to
express a fluorescent protein naturally found in a bioluminescent jellyfish. We will
also explore molecular gastronomy, which employs many techniques for suspending
fluids and making liquid sculptures. No previous experience in bio art is required.

Bio Art in the Mysterious World of the Microbes

Saturday
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Jan 28 – Apr 08
3.00 CEUs, 10 Sessions
$400
Instructor: Joseph A. DeGiorgis, PhD
BFA Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
[email protected]
Microbes represent the most diverse group of organisms on earth and have been found throughout the world to the far reaches of the planet. They are capable of living in places we once thought were uninhabitable from the deep sea hydrothermal vents to the ice masses of the artic tundra. These microorganisms are capable of eating petroleum, metals, acids, plastics, and toxic wastes and are thus valuable in the process of removing pollutants and contaminants from our environment. Here, we take a bio art approach to discovering new species within the microbial world. We will visualize and image the wonderful beauty of these fascinating creatures by studying their many shapes and morphologies that often take the form of rods, spheres, coils and helixes. We will use a variety of collecting techniques to obtain these microbes from the waterways throughout and surrounding Manhattan. We will use sophisticated culturing techniques in the SVA Bio Art Lab and state-of-the-art techniques, including the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing to identify the microbes we collect. Through this process we will study bioluminescent diatoms, cyanobacteria, protozoans like amoebas and paramecium, zooxanthellae the symbiotic algae that live inside coral polyps, and many others. Come collaborate on an adventure of art and science and dive into the mysterious world of microbes.

Biological Imaging: The Use of Microscopy to Observe and Photograph Life

Saturday
3:00PM – 6:00PM
Jan 28 – Mar 04
1.50 CEUs, 6 Sessions
$220

Instructor: Joseph A. DeGiorgis, PhD
BFA Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
[email protected]

Capturing images of nature and biological phenomena is an essential component of the scientific process; it is also an intricate aspect of art. In this course we will utilize macro lenses and dissecting stereo microscopes, as well as compound and fluorescent microscopes to obtain images of the microscopic world. Students will photograph marine invertebrates, including sea urchins, starfish, tunicates, comb jellies, anemones and sponges. Under the high-mag objective, we will image zooplankton and phytoplankton from marine and freshwater samples, and tissues prepared with our hands for microscopic observations. Students will develop a portfolio of images through projects that can include still life, video, time-lapse imaging, stereo pairs of 3D images, focal stacking and high-dynamic range photography. See what you can discover under magnification.

Biological Imaging: The Use of Microscopy to Observe and Photograph Life

Saturday
3:00PM – 6:00PM
Mar 18 – Apr 22
Location To Be Announced
1.50 CEUs, 6 Sessions
$220

Instructor: Joseph A. DeGiorgis, PhD
BFA Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
[email protected]

Capturing images of nature and biological phenomena is an essential component of the scientific process; it is also an intricate aspect of art. In this course we will utilize macro lenses and dissecting stereo microscopes, as well as compound and fluorescent microscopes to obtain images of the microscopic world. Students will photograph marine invertebrates, including sea urchins, starfish, tunicates, comb jellies, anemones and sponges. Under the high-mag objective, we will image zooplankton and phytoplankton from marine and freshwater samples, and tissues prepared with our hands for microscopic observations. Students will develop a portfolio of images through projects that can include still life, video, time-lapse imaging, stereo pairs of 3D images, focal stacking and high-dynamic range photography. See what you can discover under magnification.

Botanica: Imaging the Green Planet

BFA Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
[email protected]

Plants are among the most diverse organisms on the planet, growing in arid deserts and rain forests, on mountaintops and in the savannahs, as well as in marshes, lakes, rivers and the seas. They can take on beautiful forms with vivid colors and highly evolved features. While they are often thought of as almost inert objects, they can exhibit elaborate behaviors such as opening their blossoms at dawn, tracking the sun as the earth rotates, or baiting and trapping insects as a source of food. In this course, we will capture photographic representations of these lush life forms and explore the beautiful and bizarre world of plants and take an in-depth look at the intricate composition of their sexual structures, roots, vascular tissues and the photosynthetic machinery that create these primary producers. In particular, we will use time-lapse imaging to capture their movements, macro lenses to obtain images of their details, and microscopes to image tissues and cells. The fun begins as we focus on these unrelenting worshipers of the sun.

Botanica: Imaging the Green Planet

Sunday
11:00AM – 2:00PM
Mar 19 – Apr 23
Location To Be Announced
1.50 CEUs, 6 Sessions
$220

Instructor: Joseph A. DeGiorgis, PhD
BFA Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
[email protected]

Plants are among the most diverse organisms on the planet, growing in arid deserts and rain forests, on mountaintops and in the savannahs, as well as in marshes, lakes, rivers and the seas. They can take on beautiful forms with vivid colors and highly evolved features. While they are often thought of as almost inert objects, they can exhibit elaborate behaviors such as opening their blossoms at dawn, tracking the sun as the earth rotates, or baiting and trapping insects as a source of food. In this course, we will capture photographic representations of these lush life forms and explore the beautiful and bizarre world of plants and take an in-depth look at the intricate composition of their sexual structures, roots, vascular tissues and the photosynthetic machinery that create these primary producers. In particular, we will use time-lapse imaging to capture their movements, macro lenses to obtain images of their details, and microscopes to image tissues and cells. The fun begins as we focus on these unrelenting worshipers of the sun.