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The art of Physiology

Lesson 1

Contextualising the kidney
Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Gross Kidney Anatomy
Lesson 2

Lesson 3

The nephron
lesson 3

Lesson 4

The glomerulus
Lesson 4


Welcome to a new way of learning about the Kidney

This is a short course of 4 lessons looking closely at kidney anatomy. At the end of the course you should have 4  beautiful images of kidney, should have learnt how to draft am image accurately and learnt some drawing skills.


For each session you have been given tasks to improve three elements of your critical thinking;


  1. Accuracy
  2. Draughtsmanship
  3. Knowledge of Kidney anatomy

Art and science can be taught together. This short course shows you how that can be done.

General information & Instruction pages

Further Information about the course

Information: Read before you start

Nobody loves homework- so we have called this something different.

Every week you will be set tasks, some of which can be assessed and others not.  If you complete the tasks you’ll see yourself improving

Assessment Strategies

This course uses a number of assessment strategies to  help you achieve your goals. These include:

  1. Drawing assignments
  2. Quizzes
  3. Active participation (peer feedback and uploading your work).
  1. Drawing assignments

Each part asks you to  complete a drawing assignment  or two that addresses one of the three aims at the beginning of the course (under assessment startegies). If you wish to do more,  please do so,  if you wish to draw other things and apply your general knowledge of what you have learned we would love to see that . Targeted assignments  will be more clearly explained in the homework section for that week and exemplars will be provided.

2. Quizzes

In order to assess how well you do or how much you know or don’t know there will be a quiz at the end of the  course. The aim is for you to improve and even if it isn’t 100% correct you will have progressed and will have known more than you did when you began.

3. Active participation (peer feedback and uploading your work).

Pivotal to this course is an active participation in uploading your work and critiquing other people’s work. We therefore strongly encourage students to post their work within the discussion forum and to also participate in the discussions (see rules on acceptable behaviour for forums).

For some assessments you will be required to assess your own work and for others you will be required to assess another students work. Under both circumstances a rubric will be provided.

How to peer assess

You will be required to comment on at least two other assignments that have been submitted , although you may mark more if you wish

All feedback must be constructive and operate within the guidelines

There will be a range of skill sets on display  within the course, when reviewing someone else’s work try and examine these with your own work in mind  and learn from them. It’s not a competition, it’s about self improvement.

How to utilise the tutorial videos

The audio that accompanies the video is aimed at all levels. We would suggest first listening to the audio and watching the video  from the start to get an overview of the content.

Watch the video again and begin to start drawing,  pausing regularly to catch up or two take notes.  

Watch the video again and again if you need to , ultimately you can tailor this to suit your own needs. You will find that the information discussed during the video may begin to sink in the more you listen to it

General rules for engagement


Be mindful of your comments: be patient and courteous , read them before you post them, make sure that they are appropriate and constructive .


Please do not use jargon, slang , avoid colloquialisms, avoid text language and emoticons and do not use capital letters unless grammatically required, as this can be interpreted as SHOUTING!!!

General rules of communication

Communicate in a simple way , with respect . Avoid gloating and highlighting others mistakes: if correction or clarification is necessary communicate via private conversation .

If you need further help in how to articulate your thoughts and ideas here is a link to oracy skills .

As this will produce a variety of work, respect copyright. If you do use others work make sure it is suitably cited and referenced and ensure that your work is your own work.

For further reading

Shea, Virginia. “Core Rules of Netiquette.” Educom Review29.5 (1994): 58-62.

Quality of submitted work



If you have a scanner and can scan your work before uploading it. Great!

If however that’s not your cup of tea most of you are going to most likely be taking photographs of your work

Common problems

We find a lot of the following issues when people upload their work. Have a look through and make sure they won’t apply to you!!

  • White paper doesn’t look white and some areas are dark and some areas are light
  • The white paper actually looks like it’s in the shade or in the dark so contrast is diminished
  • The image isn’t face on but is actually twisted

So how do you overcome these issues?

Tips for taking the best image

  • Clean the lens of your camera (fingerprints and smears on lenses are really common issues)
  • Keep your camera or device steady
  • Laying  your image flat and taking a photo from above is the easiest way
  • Make sure you centre your image before taking a photograph , and then crop it
  • Take and image of your work in a well lit area without any surrounding objects to cast shadows
  • Use natural light or if that isn’t possible use a daylight light bulb
  • Try not to use flash photography as this leads to over exposure

Please tag us when you share your drawings 

You can use the following hashtag #franscienceart to let us know you are sharing your work.

Read our terms and conditions here, which discuss properly crediting Franscienceart in your work if you want to display work that is form the tutorial.



Ahem. Still working on that….

Any further queries please email info@franscienceart


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