ME:120.703 :: Color Illustration

Course Description

Offered: Third Quarter, First Year
Instructors: Corinne Sandone, Associate Professor
Credits: 3 Credits: 3 Lecture hours and 9 Studio hours per week

Transparent watercolor rendering of tissue matter, plant and animal. Emphasis on realistic form, observation of color, color matching methods, depicting texture.

Course Objectives

Using a 6-color palette, create variety of mixed color swatches. The strength of the preliminary tonal drawing is a factor in the finished painting. Understand effects of mixing complementary colors; observe qualities of pigments.


  • Department library: numerous books on watercolor painting.
  • Faculty collection of botanical illustration books.
  • Slide images of medical and scientific color work; AMI Sourcebook.
  • Autopsy for fresh tissue color.


Course Assignments

  • Swatch cards
  • Botanical “portrait”: Painted from observation, capturing form and color of a plant specimen.
  • Anatomical: Painted from cadaver sketches and references, translated into fresh tissue and/or didactic color.


Course Evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Individual critiques
  • Final grade


Three half days per week.

All students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course should contact Catherine L. Will, Disability Services Coordinator for Graduate Biomedical Education ( or 410-614-3781) at their earliest convenience to discuss their specific needs. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.


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