Although the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is usually considered an instrument for science studies, it can well be used by the ARTIST as an aid in the discovery of PATTERNS  that exist in natural objects.  For several  years, a course designed for students whose primary interest is not in science,  has been available at The University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA-Wise).  This course (ART 295, one Semester Hour) is offered "on demand".  This usually means each semester, with one to five students enrolled.   

  Butterfly over scales    Hairs on fruit fly      Stomate of Dogwood

  Face of a fruit fly    A seed of Epilobium. . (Looks like a pineapple,doesn't it?)

   Trichomes on leaf of Autumn Olive      Click here for an artistic rendering of a "ladybug"  

        Geranium leaf            

   Geranium leaf       Leaf surface, showing "guard cells".

Click here for the unusual images of MicroAngela, of the University of Hawaii.

Click here for the incredible Gallery of SEM images of Dennis Kunkel.

.This page is maintained by J. Rex Baird, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, University of Virginia's College at Wise. We are in the small town of Wise, Virginia 24293.  Comments are welcomed, and you are invited to e-mail me  or at  my home if you have  questions about the SEM for the ARTS program, or if you are interested in learning more about our Scanning Electron Microscope program. A click on the bar at left takes you to the regular SEM website.
                                                                Up-dated on February 28, 2005