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ART 66 — Art and Anatomy: The Basics of Human Proportions

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Feb 12—Feb 26
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 5
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: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course meets on two Saturdays, February 12 and February 26, from 10 - 12:30 pm (PT).
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Feb 12—Feb 26
2 days
Refund Date
Feb 5
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Lauren A. Toomer, Bruce Fogel
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course meets on two Saturdays, February 12 and February 26, from 10 - 12:30 pm (PT).
DOWNLOAD 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 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 with the instructor, step by step, on paper. During the remaining class time, students will work on their own drawings of the human skeleton. Three- and two-dimensional images will be our references as we explore the basics of human proportion using the human skeleton. The instructor will provide direct feedback and guidance as students work, encouraging them 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.

No prior experience in medical illustration is required.

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, Stanford

Lauren A. Toomer develops and instructs art and anatomy–based courses and programming 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.

Textbooks for this course:

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