ART 66 — Art and Anatomy: The Basics of Human Proportions
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Feb 3
Time: 10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 27
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Lauren Toomer
Class Recording Available: No
10:00 am—2:30 pm (PT)
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
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, 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 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.
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 and 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.
Lecturer, Department of Art & Art History and Division of Clinical Anatomy, Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.