ART-113: Life Drawing I

Liberal Arts
Art (art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Life Drawing I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
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
  1. Gesture materials and mark making, lines of movement, time, and energy.
  2. Sustained gesture and development, axes, and volumes.
  3. Line quality, hand/eye coordination, measure, and sighting.
  4. Composition and figure/ground relationships.
  5. Tonal development and additive/subtractive.
  6. Toned paper, color material, and copy work.
  7. Portraiture.
  8. Basic vocabulary.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of assigned vocabulary terms.
  2. Describe the figure with quick linear gestural analysis.  Emphasis will be placed on energy, movement, and rhythm.
  3. Develop the figure from quick gestural analysis through extended, sustained gesture.
  4. Demonstrate how to correctly draw the figure in proportion using measurement and sighting methods.
  5. Examine compositional issues by drawing the figure in situ.
  6. Create a figure without line by using charcoal as a tonal instrument to convey the illusion of mass using gradient value.
  7. Sketch the foreshortened figure with accuracy and competence.
  8. Apply issues and skills involved with portraiture.
  9. Solve the issues involved in drawing drapery.
  10. 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Regular class critiques of student work will be conducted. All students are expected to contribute to critical discussion.
  5. 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.
  6. Examinations: a midterm quiz and final exam will be given to assure that students can define the required vocabulary terms.
  7. 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

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date