Summer 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Metz, Greg
Discipline and Number
ARTS 3367 Section 5U1
M Time 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Course Title
Figure Drawing

Description of Course:

ARTS 3367 Figure Drawing (3 semester hours) This is an introductory life figure drawing class for students that have had some basic drawing experience. The course will cover a background introduction of the many diverse representations and applications of the human figure throughout art. Students will begin with the basic simple armature and its relationship to gesture, balance and proportion employing schema variations to block out form. We will advance to the muscular draping, focusing on an anatomical survey of basic underlying forms and their connections. By adding a veil of flesh which defines the mass and volume through shading, we have completed the basic figure drawing process. The figure will then be individualized in a problem directed toward image stylization.

This process of discovering and replicating the physical characteristics of the human figure will be the premise for introducing the primary vocabulary of drawing elements. We will encounter linear dynamics, various contour line applications, rendering, shading and compositional etiquette using a variety of materials and techniques. We use live, nude figure models.

Prerequisite: ARTS 1316 or ARTS 2380 or instructor consent required.

Students who have had this course in previous semesters may work independently on specific goals.

Required Texts:

The Figure in Motion, Thomas Easley, ISBN 0-8230-1691-9
Art Students Anatomy, Edmond Farris ISBN 0-486-20744-7

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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