Course Description

Drawing is the most accessible form of visual expression. Whether you had previous instruction, or are new to the figure, this class is designed to accelerate growth. You will learn from lectures, old master and contemporary reproductions, demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and from each another. Devoid of the exacting symmetry so often found in man-made objects, the spirit of the human figure can be perceived through a soft touch or a powerful mark. Whether in revealing the serenity in a child’s face, or the frailty in an aged hand, one thing is clear, artists use similar methods—gesture, contour, values, and composition—yet, each drawing is unique. Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or the equivalent.

Learner Outcomes

  • Discover aspects of drawing by working from the live model.
  • Study master drawings and develop an understanding of structure to cultivate elements of draftsmanship.
  • How to carefully render three-dimensional form.
  • Gesture drawing.
  • Lines of construction/three dimensional blocks in drawing the figure.
  • Contour drawing.
  • Using light and shadow.
  • Basic anatomy.
  • Portraiture.
  • Drawing clothing: movement, expression.
  • Understanding of composition.

Additional Information


  • An applied understanding of visual elements such as line, gesture, values, planes, negative space.
  • Contour, composition, anatomy, clothing and portraiture.
  • Fast, expressive approach to mark making.
  • An understanding of the incremental drawing process - from gesture, to lines of construction, to contour, and values.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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