Arts-based practices for Anatomy Education

This research has been conducted by  the Creative Anatomy Collective team. The collaborative efforts have been produced by Dr. Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo and Dr. Michelle Pine and other faculty members: Tim McLaughlin, Carol LaFayette, Felice House from the Department of Visualization, Christine Bergeron from the Dance program, and Takashi Yamauchi from Department of Psychology.

Section 200 of the Biomedical Anatomy course (Instructors: Dr. Michelle Pine and Erica Malone) was designed to combine the traditional methods of teaching undergraduate anatomy with more innovative, creative and engaging methods involving the arts. As part of the course, four studio sessions were held during the combined lecture and lab periods. During each of the studio sessions the concepts and structures being presented in lecture and dissection were addressed, using a different creative method for each session.

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Session #1 (Drawing) : Students conducted an in-depth study of facial muscles of expression by creating three large-scale drawings and labeling the muscles on each.

Session #2 (Sculpture): Students compared the human and canine muscles of the thoracic limb by building the same muscles for each species in clay. The arm models were provided by Anatomy in Clay.

Session #3 and #4 (Body Movement): The final two sessions required students to transfer knowledge gained on the model species used in class, the dog, to their own bodies, as they explored the human anatomy of the thoracic and pelvic limbs respectively.

Students reported that they enjoyed the studio sessions and that each helped them to better understand or recognize a concept or structure covered in the course, which contributed to their success.

Body Paintings

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Interactive Kinetic Modeling

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