The Art of Anatomy
Tutor: Andrea Merboth & DeAnn Gerdin
Email: agmerboth@gmail.com and deann.gerdin@gmail.com
Length: 1st Semester only Class Period: Wednesday, period 1 (offered again in 2018-2019)

Description: All masterpiece artwork is known by its technique or “fingerprint” of its maker. God has his fingerprint all over creation. The Art of Anatomy class combines life sciences with drawing/watercolor as an endeavor to see the masterful work of God as He formed the feather, wing, scale, seed, leaves, stems, blood vessels, organs, face…and many more aspects of the anatomy of living things. Creation is a huge subject, so to begin our exploration of anatomy we are excited to have Genesis lead us: We will start with day 5: the sea creatures and animals of the air, then day 6, seed bearing plants on to animals...

A portion of class time will be spent in scientific lecture, experiments, disections and study, with a similar amount of time spent on visually understanding the parts and drawing or painting them on paper. 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.

Tutor: DeAnn Gerdin has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife - Management from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. DeAnn has a strong interest in ecology and animal behavior. While attending the U of M, she spent nine months conducting an independent study on the courtship behavior of Mallard ducks. After graduating, DeAnn worked at Woodlake Nature Center in Bloomington, MN before taking a full-time position at Marshall Fields as a Marketing Effectiveness Analyst. DeAnn furthered her education and received a M.A. of Teaching in Secondary Life Science from the University of St. Thomas. Currently she is a stay-at-home mother and a homeschooler with three children.She enjoys soap making, pottery, birding, and running in her spare time. DeAnn is amazed at the wonder and beauty of God's creation and is eager to share it with others.

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 pallet, and watercolor pad.

There is a likelihood that we will produce a book of the compilations by the students at the end of the semester and the cost for that may be around $30 or $40 for those who want to purchase one.