IN PERSON! Introduction to Animal Anatomy for Artists

Arts Workshop

Workshop Details

Also known as an Introduction to Comparative Mammalian Skeletal Anatomy for Artists, which is a workshop where students will study, compare and sketch the skeletons of four mammals (two herbivores – horse and cow, and two carnivores- dog and cat), and a human. Students will study and sketch the main parts of the skeletons (head, neck, rib cage, spine and limbs) and how they articulate and work as a whole, identifying the similarities and differences among the skeletons, movement of major joints, stances, form and function of limbs and spine. This workshop is not intended to instruct how to draw animals, but rather give a better understanding of the underlying anatomy of the skeleton to improve and help with animal illustration. This workshop is intended for Intermediate to Professional skilled artists. 

Students should have some experience with drawing from life, point-to-point conveyance, and other principles of drawing.

There are three independent dates scheduled IN PERSON at MTM College for Saturdays from 10am to 1pm EST.

  • July 16, 2022
  • August 6, 2022

Students are welcome to attend all three sessions though they may repeat much of the same information. Please submit a portfolio to for review prior to registration. This is intended for those ages 15+.

Workshop Objectives:

  • The purpose of the workshop is NOT to teach students how to draw animals/mammals but rather help students/artists understand the underlying framework that is responsible for the form of animal which in turn will help students illustrate more accurate and convincing animals/mammals
  • Improve observational skills
  • Learn major parts (head, spine, rib cage, limbs, joints, etc.) of a mammalian skeleton
  • Learn the fundamental design of mammalian skeletons and understand that the differences in skeletons are a result of variations on a common theme/framework dictated by an animals’ lifestyle using five mammal skeletons (2 carnivore, 2 herbivores and a human)
  • Identify major surface anatomy landmarks and the underlying skeleton responsible (e.g. knee, shoulder, heel bone, elbow, etc.)

Questions? Email for more details!


Material costs are not covered in the cost of registration. Please ensure you have the following items prior to the first session.

  • sketchbook A4 or larger (8-1/4 x 11-3/4 in / 210 x 297 mm)
  • pencil sharpener
  • coloured pencils
  • erasers (vinyl and kneaded)
  • graphite pencil(s), wood or mechanical


About the Instructor

DINO PULERÀ is a natural science illustrator with over 25 years experience. By day, he is an associate art director and senior medical illustrator for a medical legal studio in Toronto and by night runs his independent business specializing in animal anatomy and palaeontology. Some notable clients include the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo and Royal Canadian Mint. One of his greatest achievements is being the sole illustrator and co-author of an internationally renowned and award-winning comparative anatomy dissection manual entitled The Dissection of Vertebrates, currently in its third edition and recipient of the 2020 Textbook of Excellence Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. His work has won numerous awards and has been displayed in many international exhibitions. Dino is also recognized as a Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) by The Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators.

To see more of Pulerà’s work, please visit his websiteInstagram / Twitter.


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