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ART 67 — Art and Anatomy: The Basics of Figure Drawing

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Apr 6
Time: 10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Mar 30
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)
Apr 6
1 day
Refund Date
Mar 30
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 drawing-based course is a unique opportunity to explore the human body with the eye of an artist. We will begin 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. Students will work on their slow-paced figure drawing during the remaining class time with a live figure model. Students will learn which underlying structures create the forms on the figure’s surface. Three- and two-dimensional images will be our references as we explore the basics of drawing simplified figurative forms. 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 understanding one approach to drawing the human figure.

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. 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 (CCSR) building at Stanford and in a Covid 19 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.