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Essentials of Anatomy (Julian Ashton Art School)

This course on Saturday afternoons at the Julian Ashton Art School covers all aspects of human anatomy relevant to the artist in a cycle of four 10-week terms over the course of the year. Students may begin the cycle in any term, but should preferably have a sound grasp of the basic head, rib cage and pelvis masses, for example by completing a term of the Beginning Life Drawing course on Saturday mornings. A life model is present in every class, and each class typically consists of a bracket of gesture poses, a lecture demonstration referring to the model, skeleton, flayed figure, and master drawings, and one or more long poses.

 For class dates and enrollment information, please see this page.

Suggested text

Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist
Stephen Rogers Peck

Other recommended references

Artistic Anatomy
Paul Richer, Translated by Robert Beverly Hale.

New Artistic Anatomy: Female Morphology
Paul Richer, Translated by Allana M Benham

Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters
Robert Beverly Hale

Figure Drawing for All it's Worth
Andrew Loomis

Drawing the Head and Hands
Andrew Loomis

Constructive Anatomy 
George B. Bridgman

Bridgman's Life Drawing
The Book of a Hundred Hands
Heads, Features and Faces
George B. Bridgman

The Human Figure
John H. Vanderpoel

Figure Drawing (1904).

Figure Drawing: Design and Invention
Michael Hampton

Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form
Eliot Goldfinger

Anatomy for Sculptors Understanding the Human Form (2014)
Uldis Zarins and Sandis Kondrats


Online resources

Historical Anatomies on the Web (US National Library of Medicine).
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/browse.html (browse authors)
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/addlinks.html (browse authors on other websites)
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/dreamanatomy/da_intro.html (Dream Anatomy exhibit)
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/dreamanatomy/da_gallery.html (Dream Anatomy gallery)

Albinus, Bernhard Siegfried, 1749. Tabulae Sceleti et Musculorum Corporis Humani.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/albinus_home.html (jpgs)

Fau, J, 1849. The Anatomy of the External Forms of Man, Intended for the Use of Artists, Painters, and Sculptors.
https://sites.google.com/site/djcbriggs/fau (jpgs)

Richer, Paul, 1890. Anatomie Artistique.
Original French version of the classic work, well known today through the translation by Robert Beverly Hale. 
https://archive.org/details/AnatomieArtistiqueDescriptionDesFormesExtrieuresDuCorpsHumain

Kevin Chen life drawing tutorial demonstrations


Recommended apps

Essential Anatomy (Mac, Windows and Android)


Artnatomy (Victoria Flores).
Online interactive demonstration of facial anatomy and expression.
http://www.artnatomia.net/uk/index.html

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