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Drawing Anatomical Anomalies (6-week course)

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This intermediate drawing course is a unique opportunity to draw from the Mütter Museum’s collection of anatomical specimens and models. Specimens not currently on display will be specially selected from the Mütter storage vaults. This course operates in the tradition of scientific and artistic confluence; its goal is to cultivate artistic and observational skills through intimate interaction with the Museum’s collection in a small class setting.

Working from direct observation, course members will develop perceptual skills to understand the form and function of the body’s parts and systems. Due to the fragility of the specimens and space restrictions, this is a sketchbook only course. Each class will begin with a brief lecture that will introduce information pertaining to the specimens and will end with a short group critique. The course will culminate in an online exhibition on the Mütter Museum website.

Policies: The course must be taken for the duration of all six weeks. This course series has limited availability and no refunds are possible. Photography of specimens is not permitted.

Please note that the syllabus may be subject to change. Class time is 5:30PM-7:30PM each date below.


Syllabus:

Class 1, 10/2: Course Introduction and Bone Drawing

General overview- syllabus review and course policies. We will begin by looking at deformations in simple bone structures such as the femur, tibia and fibula, humerus, radius and ulna, and pelvis. These are bones that have been affected by breaks, infections, syphilis, uncontrolled growth and other trauma.

Class 2, 10/9: Comparative Skull Drawing

This class is about observing the vast array of differences in skull shapes. We will have a discussion of the Hyrtl skull collection, which was used to disprove the racist theories behind phrenology. We will also discuss forensic identification based on small differences in skeletal facial structure before discovering differences between several skulls in our own drawings.

Class 3, 10/16: Wet Specimens

Wet specimens are especially interesting to draw because of the way the liquid solution they are suspended in warps perspective inside their jars and containers. Some, such as dissected hearts and brains, become abstract in their intricacies. We will also have some of the museum’s large collection of fetal specimens.

Class 4, 10/23: Color: Moulage Drawings

Exploring the colorful wax models of medical injuries and pathologies known as “moulage”, we will embark on our first experiments in color. Several moulage models will be pulled from the collection, and placed for your drawn observations. Make sure to bring your oil or chalk pastels or colored pencils!

Class 5, 10/30: Open drawing in the museum/ Individual portfolio reviews

Class 6, 11/6: Open drawing in the museum/ Individual portfolio reviews


Suggested Materials:

Sketchbook (no smaller than 10x7, no larger than11x14”)

Graphite sticks 4b, 6b, 8 or 9b

Graphite Pencils 2b, 4b, 6b, 8b, and ebony

Pencil Sharpener – Must come with enclosed container for shavings!

Compressed “Char-Kole” sticks

Oil or chalk pastel set/ Colored pencils

Optional - folding stool for museum drawing sessions



About the Instructor:

Meredith Sellers is the Arts Coordinator for the Center for Education and Public Initiatives at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Mütter Museum. She is an artist, educator, and writer, devising and teaching cross-disciplinary arts curriculum and workshops for the Mütter Museum. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010 and her MFA in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania.




Questions? Email events@collegeofphysicians.org

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Photo Credit: Drawing of skulls by Kara Bohleman

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