The Art of Anatomy
Tutor: Andrea Merboth
Length: 1st Semester only Class Period: Wednesday, period 2

Description: Art of Anatomy this year will soar the skies, swim in the depths of the sea,, and venture back into the age of the dinosaur then land in the classroom to identify the technique or “fingerprint” of its maker-God all over this amazing creation we call life on earth. Art of Anatomy class combines anatomical sciences with drawing and watercolor to gain an understanding of the masterful work of God as He formed the animal kingdom in four subsets:  fish, birds, animals and humans.   We will study the spectacular anatomical structure that sets each of these living creature groups apart both in scientific lecture, some hands experiments, possible dissections and study,   with a similar amount of time spent on visually understanding and studying them to reproduce them in watercolor.  The beauty and understanding of anatomy cannot be fully understood without in reference to its maker, so scripture will be incorporated weekly to nurture our understanding both of nature and its God.

The student will build a portfolio of illustrations, scripture and scientific reflections on God’s creation that could be useful for either an art half credit or science half credit.

Tutor: Andrea Merboth has a BA degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Catherine. Andrea has taken various art classes in watercolor and oil painting and has been involved in several art shows, art exhibits, and canvass painting parties amidst friends and a relaxing backdrop.  She has taught art classes for many years to varied age groups, primarily to the homeschool population. In addition to enjoying painting on canvas, Andrea paints furniture, walls, fabric, room murals, and has also painted a 10’x20’ mural in the library in McGregor MN and worked with students and locals on another large mural in Ciudad Juarez, MX. She has also painted sets for several full-length plays, some of which she directed in the homeschool arena. Andrea and her husband have a passion to help ground young people in the Christian faith, realizing that all forms of communication, including art have the ability to either draw you towards or away from the truths of God. She believes that beauty is a reflection of God, and art classes can empower students to find creative ways to share God with the world.

Level: Grades 7-12
Prerequisite: none
Homework: 2 hours/week (roughly 8 short, at-home and online quizzes and a semester final exam)
Text: none
Supplies: Supply fee $20, notebook to take science notes, 11 x 14 inch drawing pad, art pencils, watercolor pad-Strathmore 300 series-yellow 11x15, and watercolor pallet Oval 16 by Prang is fine.