Facial Reconstruction

Facial Reconstruction

IDENTITY: FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION

Facial Reconstruction

As part of the RSE @ Dumfries & Galloway programme, senior students at Kirkcudbright Academy recently experienced a ‘hands-on’ facial reconstruction workshop. The session was lead by Caroline Erolin, lecturer in medical and forensic art at the University of Dundee.

Twenty five students, studying either the sciences or art, were enthralled by the replica (plastic!) skulls that awaited them on the tables of the science room. Caroline explained that the skulls were constructed using computed tomography (CT) data from a living man and that at the end of the day their reconstructions would be compared against of photo of him. The students worked in groups and, using worksheets and focused instruction from Caroline, spent the morning creating the facial muscle structure from modelling clay and applying these to the replica skulls. A number of the participants, who were studying science, commented that the workshop had given them a better understanding of elements of human anatomy. During the afternoon session the students added skin, eyes, lips and ears to their skulls. Finally, with much anticipation, the skulls were ‘lined-up’ for comparison with the photograph.  When Caroline revealed the image of the living man, it was agreed that whilst the reconstructions were not perfect, there were elements of each that had similarities to the man. Caroline reassured that it takes many years of practice before a forensic artist can expect to achieve a successful likeness.

 

   

 

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