The Art of Anatomy
Tutor: Andrea Merboth
Email: agmerboth@gmail.com
Length: 1st Semester only Class Period: Wednesday, period 2

Description: Art of Anatomy this year will look in depth at the incredible, incomparable, mysterious and irreplaceable body, both human and animal. Focusing on the structure and function of parts of the cell, blood, muscle and bone (physics of the shape of some of the bones) we will get just a slight peek at why God says we are “…fearfully and wonderfully made; your works (God) are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139:14). There is no structure on earth that compares at all to the human body, so let’s study what God has wrought and give Him the glory as we praise Him in studying what He has made.

Since God’s fingerprint is all over this amazing creation we call life on earth, Art of Anatomy class will combine the anatomical sciences with drawing and watercolor to gain an understanding of the masterful work of God as He formed us. We will study our spectacular anatomical structure both in scientific lecture, hands-on experiments, and dissection, 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 as we will dig into some of the unique mentions of body, bone, blood and animals that we find in the scripture.  We will look to various thoughts by creationist scientists and historical Christian thought as we look at these topics to get a fuller understanding, and students my find that challenging.  But in all things, the Bible will remain the primary and final source.

Since this is a combination class that I tend to gear towards 9-11th grade, you may want to consider if your younger student is up to that level of challenge,

 

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.

Cost:  $217
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: The cost of specimens is included in the price of the class (above).  Students will need to purchase a 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.