Winnipeg Arts Council

Anatomy Drawing: Bodies, Brains and Bones with Dr. Sari Hannila

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

1:00pm – 5:00pm

University of Manitoba Dr. George Yee Laboratory of Anatomical Sciences, Bannatyne Campus (HSC)

744 Bannatyne Ave


Registration deadline: Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 12:00pm

This workshop is for MAWA members of all genders.

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This workshop offers a rare opportunity to draw genuine contemporary human specimens at the University of Manitoba’s Dr. George Yee Laboratory of Anatomical Sciences. Participants will be led to the lab inside the Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Sari Hannila will begin this investigation into the intricacies of the human body with a brief lecture outlining the university's human body donor program, the history of anatomy and its relationship to art. The remaining time will be devoted to viewing specimens and self-directed drawing. Dr. Hannila and her colleagues will be available throughout the session to answer questions and share their experience with anatomical study.

The laboratory houses cadavers, preserved human specimens and medical models. The space is vast, so you can choose what to experience and what to draw. If you prefer to work exclusively with medical models (plastic and plaster) and/or bones, that is possible. Participants who want to move on to the study of muscles and organs will do so in an adjoining area. Please consider your own sensitivities and note that you will be free to choose what to experience and when to take breaks.

Each participant must bring their own drawing or painting supplies and a hard-backed sketch book/tablet. Safety regulations require that participants cover their legs (pants or long skirt), wear closed-toe shoes and tie back long hair. The air quality is checked frequently and falls well within safe levels; however, it is recommended that pregnant and breast-feeding women not participate. Note that photography is strictly forbidden. The Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science has a profound respect for the individuals who have donated their bodies to scientific study.