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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 4—Feb 11
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 28
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $260
Instructor(s): Lauren Toomer, Bruce Fogel
Limit: 15
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Feb 4—Feb 11
2 days
Refund Date
Jan 28
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Lauren Toomer, Bruce Fogel
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 instructors demonstrate the practice, students will draw along, 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 instructors 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 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.

Each course in the Art and Anatomy series focuses on a different area—the human hand (Fall 2022), the basics of human proportions (Winter 2023), figure drawing (Spring 2023), and the human face (Summer 2023). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

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.

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.