The art of high school biology drawings

I happened upon an old high school biology notebook, which I saved all these years because I put in a lot of time making drawings for the various projects that I had for class. I took a look at these again today, and wanted to post a couple of them. Below left, “the structure of a sponge,” featuring detailed views of flagellum, spicules, epidermal cells, amebocytes, and incurrent pores. Below right, “the structure of a hydra,” with tentacles, nematocysts, gastrovascular cavities, ectoderms, mesoglea, and many other fun things.

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Drawings from my high school biology class at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, circa 1984.

But from my current perspective, I appreciate some of the aspects that almost feel like abstract art, like these details below. The one at left still feels somewhat scientific, but the one below right feels like a cross between Philip Guston and Carroll Dunham … maybe I’ll make this into a painting!

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Details of high school biology drawings, circa 1984.

P.S. I received an A+ on this particular notebook project!

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