Refine your figure drawing skills and develop the sophistication that you’ve always desired for your drawings and paintings. Students in this class will gain an understanding of how to apply structural and anatomical concepts to their figurative work. With an emphasis on gesture, proportion, perspective, and morphology, we will create a single, in-depth work from the observed life model. Anatomical figure construction throughout history will be discussed, as well as the contemporary practice of anatomical form as function, with an aim towards understanding how the human figure moves and articulates. Full figure as well as portrait anatomy will be covered at length. Students may choose to draw or paint.
Beginning with drawing from the historic plaster casts in the Academy’s collection and transitioning to the live model, this course examines multiple drafting strategies for both long and short poses. Guided by lectures, weekly class demonstrations, and personalized demonstrations, students will create observational drawings while studying material considerations, problem solving, “finishing”, as well as anatomy, tone, gesture, proportion, and perspective. This course is designed for the student wishing to improve their drawing skills or to build a portfolio of work.
Students will learn basic proportions for the human form, and study methods for judging proportional relationships related to the figure. Emphasis will be on understanding the structure of the body and head, through basic anatomy and historical systems of drawing. Techniques for using charcoal and conte will be emphasized, with students eventually working on toned paper with black and white media. NOTE: Nude models will be present during this course.
My Approach to Teaching:
I convey larger concepts though the presentation of lectures and demonstrations each week, which is then followed up by working one-on-one with the students as they work on that week's assignment in a studio setting. I supplement the lecture/demonstration with personalized demonstrations for each student as I go around the room, giving a more personal insight to their concerns as they work. I also bring in books, supplies, and physical samples to each class in order to provide the student with a more well-rounded understanding of the material which is being covered during that week. Emphasis is placed on gesture, proportion, perspective.