Art (art History)
Life Drawing I
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
ART-102 or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description
Introduces how to draw the human figure. Discusses proportion and anatomy through direct observation, and explores a variety of media.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
Core Course Topics
- Gesture materials and mark making, lines of movement, time, and energy.
- Sustained gesture and development, axes, and volumes.
- Line quality, hand/eye coordination, measure, and sighting.
- Composition and figure/ground relationships.
- Tonal development and additive/subtractive.
- Toned paper, color material, and copy work.
- Basic vocabulary.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of assigned vocabulary terms.
- Describe the figure with quick linear gestural analysis. Emphasis will be placed on energy, movement, and rhythm.
- Develop the figure from quick gestural analysis through extended, sustained gesture.
- Demonstrate how to correctly draw the figure in proportion using measurement and sighting methods.
- Examine compositional issues by drawing the figure in situ.
- Create a figure without line by using charcoal as a tonal instrument to convey the illusion of mass using gradient value.
- Sketch the foreshortened figure with accuracy and competence.
- Apply issues and skills involved with portraiture.
- Solve the issues involved in drawing drapery.
- Dramatize a synthesis of gesture, line, and value in drawing the figure. This should be evidenced in both class work and in a copy piece from the work of Prud'Hon.*
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of Academic Achievement
- A pre-instruction painting will be done on the first full day of class. The students will be asked to create a still life image spending three hours to work at this task. No instruction will be provided, and this painting is designed to provide a baseline indicator.
- A post instruction painting will be done on the last full day of class. The student will be asked to again spend three hours painting a still life image using all the skills and knowledge developed in the course. This painting and the pre-instruction painting will be included in the final portfolio review.
- Paintings will be submitted for review as part of a portfolio. Each of these paintings will demonstrate competence in the issues and skills presented in the specific assignments. Students are required to spend a minimum of three hours per week outside of class on assignments.
- Regular class critiques of student work will be conducted. All students are expected to contribute to critical discussion.
- Student work will be reviewed by the instructor, and relative strengths and weaknesses shall be conveyed to the students on an individual basis. A mid term review of all student progress is required.
- Examinations: a midterm quiz and final exam will be given to assure that students can define the required vocabulary terms.
- Excessive lateness, absences, as well an incomplete, late or missing assignments will result in a lower grade of failure as determined by the instructor.
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Determined by department.