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WSP 394 — Art and Anatomy: The Human Face

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jul 10—Jul 17
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 3
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 May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Jul 10—Jul 17
2 days
Refund Date
Jul 3
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Lauren A. Toomer, Bruce Fogel
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Note: This course has a different course code than what appears in the print catalogue. The correct course code is WSP 394.


Based on the Art and Anatomy courses for Stanford medical students, this course is a unique opportunity to explore the human face with the eye of an artist. Students will learn to draw and capture the anatomical beauty of the face. 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. Students will then work on their own drawings of the face. Dry bones and digital images of the skull and face will be our models as we explore traditional and contemporary drawing techniques and experiment with new ways of representing the face's internal and external structure. 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.

No prior experience in medical illustration is required. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students’ individual needs.

Lecturer in Art Practice; Lecturer, Anesthesia, Preoperative and Pain Medicine, 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. She received an MFA in art practice from Stanford.

Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Anatomy, 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.