Human Anatomy at Colby

Ariel Oppong: A Memorable Aspect of Anatomy and Physiology- ART!

February 24th, 2015 · Comments Off on Ariel Oppong: A Memorable Aspect of Anatomy and Physiology- ART!

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During the first week of class we made a trip to the Colby Art Musuem. Since the Art museum opened during the summer of 2013 I had only actually participated in one small tour. I feel like a version of myself enjoys art and objectively recognizes its value but a version of myself that is more present on campus does not really have the time or make the efforts to appreciate art. Thus, I was happy we went.

While we were there we completed a scavenger hunt that required our knowledge of different human muscles to find the art pieces that matched with eight different short stories and descriptions. We were allowed to work together or to work in groups of three or less.


After we completed the scavenger hunt we were asked to find a piece of artwork within the museum and to create our own question/description of the artwork with the central usage of a certain muscle being used by the characters or subjects in the artwork. For my question I decided to make focus on a 1997 piece of artwork called Leader by American artist, Betye Irene Saar. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1926, she has been known to incorporate collage and assemblages into statements of political and social protest.


In this picture, a strong woman is standing and maintaining the trunk of her body in a firm position. This position represents the woman’s strong presence in the family dynamic of families of this ancestry. Because of the importance of her stance as a symbol for other aspects of her womanhood, I decided to focus my piece on a large muscle that helps the main subject hold that stance: the gluteus Maximus.


The gluteus maximus is the largest and most superficial of the three-gluteal muscles (including the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus). The gluteus maximus is proximally attached to the outer surface of the ilium and is distally attached to the superior and lateral surfaces of the greater trochanter of femur. As the largest and strongest muscle in the body, the gluteus maximus is both important in being responsible for the movement of the hip bone and thigh but in also in creating a shape to the human body and creating the appearance of hips. I really enjoyed learning more about Betye Saar, her work, and her work’s impact on general society. At first our student created scavenger hunt questions were supposed to be consolidated into a new list of synopsis for high school students to look at when they came to visit Colby early the following week. However, due to some logistical issue the students were not able to complete the scavenger hunt. Instead of completing a hunt, the high school students completed a heart dissection with us, The day prior to the students’ arrival on campus we had completed an almost trial run like heart dissections on our own in the lab. I enjoyed learning on my own and then showing the high school students different anatomical parts of the heart because it allowed me to see what aspects of the lessons before I was and was not retaining.



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JanPlan 2015 Lab: Cranial Osteology, Art and Anatomy, and more…

January 17th, 2015 · Comments Off on JanPlan 2015 Lab: Cranial Osteology, Art and Anatomy, and more…

The active learner is the engaged learner, thus lab is an essential part of the semester here in Human Anatomy & Physiology. Here are a few images from lab so far…


Cameron Matticks (’15) was a student in the class in January 2014, and has returned as our TA this year as part of an internship that has had him shadowing nurse practitioners in the wound care unit at Inland Hospital in Waterville.  Here he is sorting out the histology slides for an upcoming lab.


Left to right, Mayra Arroyo (’16), Ariel Oppong (’16), and Jay Lee (’15) in lab absorbed in the process of learning the osseous features of the cranium. Foramen magnum, foramen rotundum, foramen ovale, foramen spinosum… who knew there were so many holes in your head?


After the students learn the skeletal muscles in lab they get to test their knowledge in the Colby Museum of Art on the Art and Anatomy scavenger hunt. The students are given a specific muscle to search for that features prominently in an unnamed piece of art in the museum. As an additional clue they get a brief bit of art history on the piece in question.  Here Ari Thomas (’16) contemplates John Rogers’ The Wounded Scout: A Friend in the Swamp as she searches for the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle.


Alex Lucas (’17) and Yvette Qu (’18) try to decide which clue to pursue next after finding the deltoidius muscle in Malvina Hoffman’s Bacchanale Russe. The sculptor was a master of human anatomy. Prior to the date of this particular casting, she had upon the advice of the famous Auguste Rodin, with whom she studied, traveled to the prestigious Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, the town of her birth, to spend a year dissecting human cadavers and learning human anatomy, highlighting the close relationship between anatomy and art that has persisted throughout the ages.


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Art and Anatomy Field Trip to Bowdoin College Art Museum

January 13th, 2013 · Comments Off on Art and Anatomy Field Trip to Bowdoin College Art Museum

This past Thursday our Human Anatomy and Physiology class was given an opportunity to experience and learn anatomy through the artwork of the Bowdoin College Art Museum.  The works of art that we examined presented various anatomical features of the human body.  Carefully analyzing each piece, it was incredibly intriguing to find that so many pieces of art created by various ancient artists, revealed and glorified various parts of the human body.


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