Pre-dental students look to art to perfect future smiles


That unmistakable sound of a small hand drill revving up can make any molar shake in fear, no matter if the setting is a dentist’s chair or the Herron School of Art and Design.

For IUPUI pre-dental students, the path to drilling teeth takes some of them through Andrea Jackson’s jewelry-making class, housed in Eskenazi Hall. Students make sculptural and wearable works of art from sheet copper and other metals, but it’s the manual dexterity and training an eye for details that bring in future dentists.

“They have a chance to work with tools in here that they’re also going to work with in the field,” said Jackson, who has been an adjunct instructor at Herron for 10 years. “They’re learning in an artistic environment, so it’s a different way of learning.”


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