Learn Science the Artsy Way


Science class was always fun for me – except when we had to dissect a frog. The theories, however, were a never ending source of fascination. Now art, that’s a totally different matter. I know what looks good to me – that’s about it.

I think it’s great how Michele Banks of Washington, DC has created a juxtaposition of art and science in her work. She works with watercolors and uses this medium to represent various scientific processes, among other subjects.

That first picture is titled Single Cells 2 Blue. Doesn’t the painting make the idea of cells more interesting to think about? Then again, I am quite partial to blue, so I wouldn’t mind having this painting on my wall.

This one is a little more interesting, and goes up a level in complexity – biology class-wise. Dubbed Mini Blue Mitosis 2, the image in the painting can easily be found in any textbook, albeit in a more stark presentation. Trying to wrack your brains as to what mitosis is? For those of us who are not biologists by profession, here’s a refresher, from Biology-Online:

The process where a single cell divides resulting in generally two identical cells, each containing the same number of chromosomes and genetic content as that of the original cell.

For a more in-depth treatment of the cell division process, this painting will do the trick.

Cell Division 4 has more splashes of color and more detail, which will definitely make it a more interesting piece to display.

Whether you really think that the concepts behind the paintings are or you just find the finished products pretty, you might want to see more of Michele’s work at Makers Market.

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