Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
ART 4DFIGURE DRAWING ISummer 2014
3 hour lecture, 3 hour laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 1/11;11/11;11/12;11/13

1. Description -
Introduction to drawing the human figure from observation using a wide variety of drawing media and techniques. Students in this course will learn both descriptive and interpretive approaches to drawing the figure. Topics include an introduction to basic figure drawing approaches and the historical and contemporary roles of figure drawing in the visual arts.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Drawing Family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate skills in drawing the human figure from observation in a representational style
  2. Demonstrate an ability to draw interpretive expressions of the human figure
  3. Demonstrate accurate figure proportion
  4. Demonstrate accurate rendering of the human form
  5. Incorporate historical and contemporary approaches to drawing the human figure
  6. Experiment with a variety of materials to render and complement the human figure.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
  8. Demonstrate communication skills in a class critique.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled Internet browsing software.
  2. When taught in the classroom: Easels, horse easels, 24 x 36 table space and stools, drapes for the room, a projector and screen, portable lighting equipment and a model stand.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Demonstrate skills in drawing the human figure from observation
    1. Hand-Eye Coordination
    2. Sighting and Measuring observational skills
  2. Demonstrate an ability to draw interpretive expressions of the human figure.
    1. Gesture drawing capturing movement
      1. Mass Gesture drawings
      2. Gesture drawings using the skeleton structure
    2. Figure in action poses
    3. Stylization and abstraction of the human figure
  3. Demonstrate accurate figure proportion
    1. Ideal human proportions
    2. Alignment and measuring techniques
    3. Foreshortening
  4. Demonstrate accurate rendering of the human form
    1. Uses of line in describing the human figure
      1. Contour line drawing
    2. Demonstrate the accurate structural of the human figure
      1. Cross contour line drawing
      2. Planar study of the figure
      3. Skeleton and muscular structure of the human figure
    3. Use of value in describing the human form
  5. Incorporate historical and contemporary approaches to drawing the human figure.
    1. Using photographic references in drawing the human figure.
    2. Create a background or setting that complements the figure within the drawing.
    3. Study the style and use of materials of a known figurative artist.
    4. Development of composition using the human figure
  6. Experiment with a variety of materials to render and complement the human figure.
    1. Sanguine Conte
    2. Vine Charcoal
    3. Pencil
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
    1. Planning the drawing with thumbnail sketches and mock-ups.
    2. Incorporate intuition in the conceptualization of the drawing.
    3. Practice technique and execution in the choice and use of materials.
  8. Demonstrate communication skills in a class critique.
    1. Evaluate the strengths and areas for improvement on the works in progress.
    2. Engage in dialogue about the finished drawings in the form of group critiques both large and small.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
Evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
  1. Portfolio review-Each drawing will be evaluated for technical ability, craftsmanship and personal creative and conceptual approaches.
  2. Written or oral critiques
  3. Written essays
  4. Written participation in lectures of historical and contemporary figure drawings
  5. Drawing revisions
7. Representative Text(s) -
Aristides, Juliette, Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier, Watson-Guptill, 2011
Goldstein, Nathan, Figure Drawing, The Structural Anatomy and Expressive Design of the Human Form, Pearson, 2010,
Bridgman, George B, Complete Guide To Drawing from Life, Sterling Publishing, 2009
Ryder, Anthony, The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing:A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition, Watson-Guptill, 1999. (This textbook is a relevant textbook for this course. The classical approach to Figure drawing has not changed in the past 15 years)

8. Disciplines -
Art
 
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentation using the vocabulary of figure drawings and human anatomy.
  2. Discussion using the language of anatomy and figure drawing.
  3. Demonstration of a variety of proportion techniques such as drawing from observation, sighting skills and methods, planar drawing, contour drawing and rendering the figure with shadow and light.
  4. Critique and group presentation of weekly in progress figure drawings projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
 
10. Lab Content -
  1. Assignments and Figure drawing exercises that explore a range of line applications such as contour, cross contour, and gesture figure sketching.
  2. Assignments and exercises related to form, chiaroscuro, shading techniques-hatching, cross-hatching and the additive and subtractive method of figure drawing.
  3. Assignments that use the application of foreshortening perspective
  4. Application of basic anatomy in gesture drawing exercise and short poses.
  5. Observation exercises that use measuring proportions,sighting, checking symmetry and alignment techniques in a figure drawing
  6. Exercises that use the application of drawing media and tools such as traditional drawing media by various artists throughout history.
  7. Exercises that focus on human expression.
  8. Exercises that have students make drawing revisions or corrections
  9. Critiques, self critiques and evaluation of drawing assignments and exercises
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Copy of a master or historical figure drawing.
  2. Research the artwork, the artist, the style, subject matter, content and context.
  3. Write an essay or paper describing the artwork.
  4. Write a self critique describing the process of making an artist copy or study.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the A.A. degrees and Certificates of Achievement in Art and Art: Studio Emphasis.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-02-25 13:34:15


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines