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ART 68 — Art and Anatomy: Drawing the Human Face

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Lauren Toomer
Duration: 1 day
Format/Location: On-campus
Date(s): Jul 13
Class Recording Available: No
Class Meeting Day: Saturday
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Tuition: $240
   
Refund Deadline: Jul 6
 
Unit(s): 0
   
Enrollment Limit: 16
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Saturday
Duration: 1 day
Time: 10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jul 13
Unit(s): 0
Format/Location: On-campus
 
Tuition: $240
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 6
 
Instructor(s): Lauren Toomer
 
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
 
Enrollment Limit: 16
 
Recording Available: No
 
Status: Open
 
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, digital images of the skull and face, and cadaveric (donor) specimens 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
Lecturer, Department of Art & Art History and Division of Clinical Anatomy, Stanford

Lauren Toomer develops, directs, and instructs courses in art and anatomy at Stanford Medicine and the School of Humanities and Sciences. She is also the faculty director of visual arts for the Medicine & the Muse program. She focuses on drawing and anatomy and what they teach both future medical practitioners and artists about the human dimension. Art created by Toomer is on permanent display at the Center for Clinical Sciences Research building at Stanford and in a Covid memorial titled Apart-Together at the Stanford Center for Academic Medicine. She received an MFA in art practice from Stanford. Her work can be viewed at laurenatoomer.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.