…I also learned things I never really understood after 30 years in nursing because the models allow you to visualize in 3-D and make more physiologic correlations. Thanks Zahourek.

Joleen Rinaldo, Secondary Med Prep Instructor, Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, CO

Seeing the Art in Anatomy and Exploring Anatomy Through Art

Posted by: ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System | Posted on: February 6th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jennifer Hellier presenting at the Arts in Medicine Lecture Series. Photo ©2013 Zahourek Systems™

Anatomy has long been a part of art history. Many famous artists, from Michelangelo to Rembrandt, studied anatomy, attended dissections, and created amazing anatomical drawings for educational purposes.
But beyond fine art, as human beings, we could think of ourselves as the ultimate embodiment of art–view our bodies as living, breathing sculptures–the one and only piece of art we will own from the time of our birth to our death.

So do you have to be a fine artist to explore art in anatomy? Definitely not! Seeing the art in anatomy and exploring anatomy through art can lead to a deeper appreciation of the magnificent design of our form, as well as improved body awareness, and even healing.

When engaging in kinesthetic (hands-on) learning of anatomy through clay building, we cannot help but to apply the knowledge in a personally relevant way.
As we work with our hands, constructing anatomically correct body components, and attaching them to a skeletal model, our bodies automatically intuit the connections between the anatomical models and our own physique.

That’s the magic of kinesthetic learning! And the self-knowledge gained through this act can have many benefits such as improving our ability to communicate about our own bodies, reducing the fear associated with pain, and enabling us to better visualize healing.

Sculpting with clay itself brings healing. You don’t have to rely on a study to know that when you hold the piece of clay, warm it in your hands and begin to manipulate it into a specific shape, you slow down, your heart settles, and you become present. Steady presence also sets the foundation for creating art and for learning.
In late January, Dr. Jennifer Hellier, director of CREATE and longtime supporter of the ANATOMY IN CLAY® System presented a talk as part of the ongoing Arts in Medicine Lecture Series from the Arts & Humanities in Healthcare Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  She explains the benefits of building anatomy in clay, talks about how hands-on learning is ideal for many types of learners, and leads attendees through building the human heart. Here is part one of the video:
















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