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The Art of Anatomy and Surgery

The Art of Anatomy and Surgery

In early 2019 GreatArt were contacted about a new course taking place at King’s College in London. This course brings together the wonders of science and art to develop the students understanding of anatomy in the journey to become surgeons. The course leader Lindsay Sekulowicz was kind enough to update us on the progress of her students and the results of this new initiative.

The Art of Anatomy and Surgery

This year saw the launch of a new course which explored creative practice and human anatomy from a new perspective.

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A group of students from King’s College, London, who had a particular interest in pursuing careers as surgeons set out to improve their understanding of observation and visualisation, utilise their skills of dexterity and realise the potential for art as a form of creative expression.

The course lead to the development of new artworks and important insights and one student was nominated for the prestigious Nicola Claire Hood Memorial Prize at King’s College for their outstanding achievement.

Developing skills through different techniques

Throughout the course, students completed workshops in life drawing, clay and wax sculpture, mono-printing and embroidery. Following in the footsteps of great anatomists and artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Clemente Susini they also studied collections of Pathology and made drawings within the dissecting rooms at King’s College.

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There were visits from artists, historians and surgeons who spent time developing ideas with the group and considering representations of the human body throughout history and across cultures.

There were also visits to various archives and museums across the city such as the fascinating collections in the Wellcome Collection Library and the cast courts of the V&A.

To conclude the course, two fabulous days we spent working with artists at the Submit to Love studios at Headway East London – a charity supporting people affected by brain injury. This was a highlight for all the students, and many of them described the emotional impact they felt it would have on their future careers as medics and surgeons.

Thank you..

“We’d like to thank GreatArt for providing us with  supplies that we used throughout our workshops. It was a wonderful to be able to provide students with such a fantastic range of materials to use to explore their creative interests. Particular highlights included the watercolour sessions using Kuretake Gansai Japanese Watercolours, and the inks and clays that we used over numerous printmaking and sculpture sessions.”

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You can see more images from the course and follow next years group through their Instagram page

For more information on the course please contact lead tutor  lindsay.sekulowicz@kcl.ac.uk


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