Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The Artist has always been intrigued with the human figure as the quintessential example of understanding form and the functions of movement in drawing. It is implied that if one can draw the figure, one can draw most anything. Most essential forms in nature can be found in the study of the figure.
This is an introductory 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.
Students who have had this course in previous semesters may work independently on specific goals.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS
Required Text: 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:
Drawing Foundations is required for this course.