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ART 68 — Art and Anatomy: Drawing the Human Face

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jul 9—Jul 16
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 2
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $245
Instructor(s): Lauren A. Toomer, Bruce Fogel
Limit: 15
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Jul 9—Jul 16
2 days
Refund Date
Jul 2
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Lauren A. Toomer, Bruce Fogel
Based on the Art and Anatomy courses for Stanford medical students, this course is a unique opportunity to explore the human face with the eye of an artist. Students will learn to draw and capture the anatomical beauty of the human face from the inside out. In a technique similar to the one used in Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings, the skull will serve as the primary point of departure to understanding face portions. As the instructor demonstrates the practice, students will draw along with the instructor, step by step, on paper. Then, the class will continue to work and refine their drawings. Dry bones and digital images of the skull and face will be our models as we explore drawing techniques and experiment with new ways of representing the face's internal and external structure. The instructor will provide direct feedback and guidance as we work, encouraging students to practice mindfulness, patience, maintaining an open perspective, and creativity. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the basic drawing process and anatomical depiction.

Prior experience in medical illustration is helpful but not required. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students’ individual needs.

Each course in the Art and Anatomy series focuses on a different area—the human hand (Fall 2021), the basics of human proportions (Winter 2022), figure drawing (Spring 2022), and the human face (Summer 2022). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Lecturer, Department of Art & Art History and Division of Clinical Anatomy, Stanford

Lauren A. Toomer develops and instructs courses in art and anatomy at the Stanford School of Medicine and School of Humanities and Sciences. Her focus is on the field of medical humanities, with an emphasis on art and anatomy and what it teaches both future medical practitioners and artists about the human dimension. She received an MFA in art practice from Stanford.

Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Anatomy, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine

Bruce Fogel develops, directs, and teaches undergraduate, medical school, and outreach courses at Stanford. He emphasizes the clinical relevance of anatomy as it pertains to the treatment of traumatic and pathological conditions.