Blood, Paint, and Listerine

This interdisciplinary course will examine how History, English, Art, and Science intersect through the Thomas Eakins paintings The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic. As both paintings center on advancements in modern surgery, students will learn about the history of surgery and the Anatomy and Physiology basics that underpin it. Students will read the poetry of Walt Whitman, who served as a nurse during the Civil War, and learn about the painting techniques Eakins employed to create his work. Highlights of the course will include trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Mütter Museum, and a Gold-Standard Project-Based Learning presentation that will include artwork created with Eakins’s techniques.

(This course will not be offered in 2023-24.)

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0