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WSP 393 — Art and Anatomy: The Human Hand

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 30—Nov 6
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 23
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: Closed
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Oct 30—Nov 6
2 days
Refund Date
Oct 23
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Lauren A. Toomer, Bruce Fogel
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Based on the Art and Anatomy courses for Stanford medical students, this 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 hands. Plastic models, dry bones, cadaveric specimens, and digital images will be our models as we explore traditional and contemporary drawing techniques for representing the internal and external structure of hands, perhaps even honing our own individual style. 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.

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 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, 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.