23.11.21 - 14.12.21
Live online sessions for 15 participants.
Eleanor Crook, anatomical artist and educator, teaches four sessions of anatomy art inspired by famous wax anatomical collections. Four inspiring historic wax modellers, four art classes, four lectures, four techniques, four Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm.
Each session will begin with an illustrated talk about an outstanding wax anatomical collection. Then Eleanor will concentrate on one or two wax bodies, explain the anatomy they show and introduce a drawing painting or collage technique with examples. Next you will make your own anatomical artwork from images of the wax models in a virtual class, ending with group discussion of the work we made and feedback. This course for Performing Medicine is usually only available to medical students but due to the current Covid situation we are opening it to the public.
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We suggest pencils, ink, watercolour, any paint you like to use, a glue stick, paper or sketchbook to a size you prefer, scissors, collage paper from any source that intrigues you. You will be sent a file of digital images you can print out to use for collage in the later sessions including some anatomical images for scissors dissection (the best we can offer under the circumstances!) and collage.
Eleanor Crook is a sculptor in wax, bronze, and lifelike media who makes work about anatomy and mortality. Whilst studying sculpture at Central St Martins and the Royal Academy Schools she learned anatomy from medical museums and sculpting from Victorian textbooks. Later she trained as a medical sculptor alongside medical students at Guy’s Hospital. She is artist in residence at the Gordon Museum, tutor at Ruskin, Camberwell, Performing Medicine and Morbid Anatomy, and works internationally with medical museums including Science Museum London, Vrolik Museum Amsterdam, GUM Ghent and the Pathology Museum of Florence University. She has a special interest in learning the expressive techniques of former times whilst employing contemporary technology such as animatronics, special effects and forensic facial reconstruction to bring her creatures to a kind of life.
Performing Medicine was founded by Clod Ensemble Artistic Director Suzy Willson. We have been delivering this award-winning learning programme to medical students at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as NHS Trusts across the UK for over 15 years.
This event is part of Performing Medicine’s Open Programme. We are offering a wide range of workshops and courses that will focus on subjects ranging from managing stress and presentation skills to anatomical art, all led by expert artist practitioners working across movement, voice and sculpture.
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Image – credit Dr. Lucy Lyons, previous course participant