Molecular and Cell Biology 90E, Section 2

Vision and Art (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Tamira Elul
Friday 11:00-12:00, 104 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 26968

How do artists achieve specific and unique visual effects in their paintings? For example, why do Monet’s poppies seem to blow in the wind, why is the Mona Lisa’s smile so enigmatic? In this seminar, students will learn about the biology of vision through art. The course will follow Margaret Livingstone’s book “Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing.” Specific subjects taught include color, luminance, perspective, and contrast enhancement. Students will present readings and lead discussions, as well as bring in paintings they would like to discuss. To complement our study of vision through art, we will create our own art based on what we learn about visual perception.

Instructor Bio

Visiting Associate Professor Tamira Elul received her B.A. and Ph.D in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an Associate Professor at Touro University California and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Berkeley. She teaches Cell Biology, Histology, and Biophysical Neurobiology. Her research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the development of the nervous system. In recent years, she has also pursued interdisciplinary art-science projects inspired by her research on the developing nervous system.


Budding scientists and artists are invited, and anyone interested in Vision and Art.