A great way to introduce science into an arts curriculum... to meet those pesky national and state standards no doubt. It's always fun extending your horizons.
Histolotechnology offers solutions for diagnosing and treating disease. It also offers visual documentation for scientists to reference their findings. Histology combined with a photographer's eye produces so very beautiful findings.
View Penny Oliver's work here for some beautiful examples.
Histology Drawing and Painting
1.) View photographs of histotechnology. Offer up different examples of tissues. Choose eye-catching, and engaging examples. You might choose cells, or viruses that have pointed radial shapes, complex wall structures, and geometric examples.
2.) Alternatively view slides under a microscope and do some histotech with dyes from student findings.
3.) Draw and caption student discoveries. Let the imagination have a little reign here. If students want to envision their own entirely new cell. (Maybe a godzills cell?) let them go for it. Alternatively offer up crystalline and minerals.
4.) Draw examples with colored pencil or other studio media. (oil pastels, paint, felt, dye, etc.)
5.) Color in using watercolor, ink, or gouache.
6.) Crop and display. Consider circular (like the inside of a microscopic lens) and square formats.