ART.-135 Figure Drawing
Credits 3 / 6 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into ACRD-090, ACRD-091 or ACRD-092, completion of ELAP-110 with a minimum grade of 2.0, or successful completion of ACRD-080; ART.-132 with a minimum grade of 2.0. NOTE: Recommended pre-or co-requisite: ART.-113 and ART.-114 are strongly recommended.
A traditional life drawing course concentrating on the technical and artistic problems involved in the drawing of the human figure. The course explores a variety of media and compositional concerns with emphasis on the finished drawing as an esthetic statement.
Course objectives with outcomes:
Acquire and strengthen the ability to draw the human figure accurately as well as creatively. Student’s works should demonstrate significant improvements in all approaches and media as well as their accuracy and skill level for drawing the human figure.
● Apply the importance of color, proportion, perspective, and other art principles, elements, and methods to the rendering of accurate works depicting human and living forms. Student’s works should visually demonstrate increased skills and accuracy in their completed figure drawings.
● Develop self-critical skills for improving drawings. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to verbalize and visually gauge their own success and accuracy during and after drawing and make necessary adjustments.
● Increase problem solving skills related to art making. Student’s works should demonstrate their ability to skillfully challenge and push their artistic abilities and choices while successfully communicating all project needs.
● Increased ability and desire to intelligently, seriously, and critically discuss your art as well as the art of classmates and others. This should be demonstrated via a student’s use of proper vocabulary and articulation of thought during critiques and course interactions.
● Continue developing conceptual communication skills regarding creative choices made while executing assignments. The works created should demonstrate the student’s ability to successfully combine each project’s criteria with their artistic choices to find ways to render subjects accurately and creatively when appropriate.
● Learn and understand more about various approaches to drawing the human figure and figure related challenges. Student’s works should show repeated evidence of their ability to properly and successfully choose and utilize various approaches acquired throughout the semester.
● Continue to develop a greater understanding of time management in regards to project needs and restrictions associated with drawing living subjects. Works created should clearly demonstrate the student’s desire and ability to make effective works that properly communicate project needs within any designated amount of time.
● To participate in and learn from group critiques and discussions. Overall growth from such activities should be witnessed through improvements in a student’s works and verbalization.
● To learn, explore, and experiment with various traditional art making materials. Student’s submitted portfolios should show obvious experimentation, variation, and improvement with the materials used in this course and in their overall execution throughout the semester.
● To learn, explore, and experiment with various traditional and contemporary art techniques. These influences should be naturally and easily witnessed in works created over the semester.
● Produce work that exhibits a high level of craftsmanship, maturity, and professionalism. Finished works should display a mature handling of the subject matter, “clean” colors/mixes, and be free of damage and unnecessary blemishes.
● To develop and maintain a strong sense of the work ethic associated with being successful in any professional field. Success will be evident from a student’s approach to completing works in a timely manner regardless of constraints and by the timely submission of required assignments.