Dr. Spurlock is teaching forensic art and anatomy in Florence!
FACES: Human Head Anatomy with a Forensic Art Focus
Dr. Linda Spurlock is currently teaching a new upper level Anthropology course that is quite unique at Kent State University’s Summer Florence Institute. Dr. Spurlock is a Biological Anthropologist and Anatomist who specializes in Forensic Art, and she created this course to share her knowledge of these topics in Florence, the home of several artist anatomists who defined the Renaissance.
Dr. Spurlock (above) lecturing on forensic facial reconstruction
The class views artworks by Antonio Pollaiuolo, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and others in several local museums. Students study head and neck anatomy and sculpt the facial bones of skulls. Using guidelines from the canons of forensic art, and anatomical knowledge gained in the course, students prepare detailed facial approximation drawings from photographs of skulls. Students also draw age-progressed faces, based on photographs of young adults.
The sculpted faces made by the students, all perfectly fired. The last step will be to complete the forensic facial reconstructions.