The Art of Reconstruction

Workshop for Plastic Surgeons

February 9 – February 11, 2018

conducted by Michael Esson

The Art of Reconstruction was a three-day workshop for plastic surgeons conducted by Professor Michael Esson designed to assist the surgeons’ professional activities. Through drawing and modelling disciplines, the participants were introduced to formal aesthetic principles and strategies for dealing with interpretation of structure and space.Michael Esson is an eminent figure in the world of drawing both as an academic and art practitioner. Esson was the Director at the International Drawing Research Initiative by the College Of Fine Arts (COFA), Australia and has been affiliated with the Xi'an Academy of Fine Art and Lincoln University. He has been qualified from the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Michael Esson has conducted workshops for Plastic Surgeons across Australia, the USA, Turkey, China and many more countries.The three day workshop brought together 16 doctors from various medical institutions in an effort to improve their understanding of the detailed anatomy of the human body. Day one for the workshop began with molding facial features with clay through using references and models brought by Michael Esson. These individual studies progressed towards drawing elements of the face. On day two, the participants focused on 2 dimensional drawings in an attempt to understand contouring and visual observation. The workshop concluded on day three after a rigorous activity of building a skull and forming it into a head by using a fellow participant’s face as the real-life reference. These modelling exercises helped demonstrate one's perception of space and details around the human organs. Emphasis was spent on looking at negative space and perceiving angles.This workshop was made possible with the generous support of the Sultan Mowjee Fund along with the corporation and efforts made by the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.

Participants: Dr. Muhammad Amin Yousaf, Dr. M. Ashraf Ganatra, Dr. M. Sheraz Raza, Dr. Safdar Ali, Dr. Mirza Shehab Afzal Beg, Dr. Laila Arjumand, Dr.Muhammad Shahab Ghani, Dr. Obaidullah, Dr. Tahir Shafi Khan, Dr. Fahad Mirza, Dr. M. Zia ul Islam, Dr. Faisal Akhlaq Ali Khan, Dr. Fahmina, Dr. Humayun Mohmand, Dr. Rana Hassan Javaid and Dr Fehmida Arif.