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ART 69 — Art and Anatomy: Drawing the Human Hand

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Nov 4
Time: 10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 28
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $240
Instructor(s): Lauren Toomer
Limit: 15
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Nov 4
1 day
Refund Date
Oct 28
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Lauren Toomer
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Based on the Art and Anatomy courses for Stanford medical students, this course is a unique opportunity to explore the human hand with the eye of an artist. We will begin with an overview of the historical, anatomical, and fine art practice of medical illustration, along with an introduction to the terminology of art and anatomy. Then, as the instructor demonstrates the practice, students will draw along, step by step, on paper. During the remaining class time, students will work on their own drawings of hands. Plastic models, dry bones, cadaveric specimens, and digital images will be our models as we explore traditional and contemporary drawing techniques for representing the internal and external structure of hands, perhaps even honing our own individual style. 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 of 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.

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

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.

Textbooks for this course:

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