I've finally enrolled in a class at the Atelier in Minneapolis. After eyeing this school for classical art training since high school, I'm finally taking an ecorche class.
ˌākôrˈSHā/ noun a painting or sculpture of a human figure with the skin removed to display the musculature.
So we sculpt a figure from the inside out. Skeleton first, then careful attachments muscles and ligaments in their proper insertion points. I'll leave half skeleton and build up muscles on the other half. This artistic exercise has been a means for artists to better understand surface anatomy for hundreds of years. I've finished 3 of 10 weeks. Skeleton work is mostly finished.
If you're curious about The Atelier, explore their program at theatelier.org