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Life Drawing

Drawing is the most accessible form of visual expression. Pick up a piece of charcoal, and it can happen spontaneously. With a range of marks— light, heavy, thin, thick, and variable—drawing enables experimentation. It can also articulate thoughts and communicate viewpoints. David Hockney wrote in a foreword to Jeffery Camp’s book Draw: How to Master the Art, “If you can draw, even a little bit, you can express all kinds of ideas that might otherwise be lost—delights, frustrations, whatever torments you or pleases you.” To draw the human body adds LIFE. Devoid of the exacting symmetry, so often found in man-made objects, its spirit can be perceived through a soft touch, or a powerful mark, its flesh, by a twist of the wrist. Whether in revealing the serenity in a child’s face, or the frailty in an aged hand, one thing is clear; artists use similar methods—gesture, contour, values, and composition—yet, seen through their own eyes. Everyone has his or her unique perceptions.” Whether you have had previous instruction or are new to the figure, this class is designed to accelerate your growth. Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or the equivalent.

  • Programs:
  • Format: On Campus
  • Section: A
  • Course Number: CRN 5222 - PCFA 0503 A
Jan 22 - Apr 16
7:00 - 9:30 PM
Spring 2019
CRN 5222
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What you will learn
  • Discover aspects of drawing by working from the live model.
  • Study master drawings and develop an understanding of structure to cultivate elements of draftsmanship.
  • How to carefully render three-dimensional form.
  • Charcoal as a tool.
  • How to think like a sculptor.
  • Gesture drawing.
  • Lines of construction/three dimensional blocks in drawing the figure.
  • Continuous line gesture drawing.
  • Contour drawing.
  • Using light and shadow.
  • Anatomy: torso and arms.
  • Anatomy: legs.
  • Portraiture: portrait or self-portrait from life.
  • Drawing clothing: movement, expression.
  • Understanding of composition.
  • An applied understanding of visual elements such as line, gesture, values, planes, negative space.
  • Contour, composition, anatomy, clothing and portraiture.
  • Fast, expressive approach to mark making.
  • An understanding of the incremental drawing process - from gesture, to lines of construction, to contour, and values.
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