ART 68 — Art and Anatomy: Drawing the Human Face
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Jul 8
Time: 10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 1
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Lauren Toomer
Class Recording Available: No
10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
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, focusing on the skull. 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, 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. Students will receive direct feedback and guidance as they work and will be encouraged to practice mindfulness and patience, maintaining an open perspective and creativity. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the basic drawing process and anatomical depiction of the human skull.
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.
Lauren Toomer develops, directs, 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.
Lecturer, Department of Art & Art History and Division of Clinical Anatomy, Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.