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Thompson-Musculoskeletal Gross Anatomy for the Figurative Artist is a Program

Thompson-Musculoskeletal Gross Anatomy for the Figurative Artist


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Time:  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Date(s): February 11 – 14 (Friday – Monday)

Course Number: #6363

Tuition: $800

Instructor present each day.

Enrollment limited to 25 students.

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Workshop Description:

This course presents the study of anatomy as a convergence between anatomical and structural drawing. Motivated students of representational art will have unparalleled opportunities for developing detailed anatomical knowledge through their work in Cornell College of Medicine’s anatomy lab, where they will explore the complexities of the body through the study of PROSECTIONS and cadavers. Prosections are specially prepared human anatomical specimens, wrapped in a damp preservative, as well as plastinated specimens, which allow for the study of deeper and more isolated anatomical structure. Through laboratory drawing, participating students will become more familiar with the manner of interlocking deeper forms - forms which are not typically clear on anatomical models (due to the haphazard ways that art school skeletons are wired together). Ultimately, students will work towards achieving greater anatomical clarity and validity in their drawing studies, which will be applied to creating higher quality figurative work in the visual arts, from a finer appreciation of human construction.

About the Instructor:

Dan Thompson's work has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club, the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. and the World Art Museum in Beijing. He has co-founded two schools of art in New York City: The Grand Central Academy of Art, in 2006, and the Janus Collaborative School of Art, in 2008. To read further, please visit