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Effective: Summer 2014
ART 4IFIGURE DRAWING II4 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Drawing Family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU; UC pending
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will be able to Incorporate historical and contemporary approaches to drawing the human figure
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the human anatomy.
Description -
Intermediate figure drawing class emphasizing the development of skill in depicting the human figure. This class is a practical and theoretical course that emphasizes proportion and basic human anatomy. The course will also expose students to great works of historical and contemporary figure drawing in relationship to figure drawing.

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. Incorporate historical and contemporary approaches to drawing the human figure
  5. Experiment with a variety of materials to render and complement the human figure.
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the human anatomy.
  7. Demonstrate communication skills in a class critique.
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.

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
    2. Figure in action poses
    3. Stylization and abstraction of the human figure
    4. Gesture drawing expressing human emotion
    5. Value drawings expressing mood and value
  3. Demonstrate accurate figure proportion
    1. Ideal human proportions
      1. Seven and a half heads high
      2. accurate proportions of the human head
    2. Alignment and measuring techniques
  4. 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. Study the great works of contemporary figure artists.
    5. Study the great works of figure drawings in relation to the human figure
  5. Experiment with a variety of materials to render and complement the human figure.
    1. Sanguine Conte
    2. Vine Charcoal
    3. Pencil
    4. Ink wash
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the human anatomy.
    1. Skull
    2. Ribs
    3. Sternum
    4. Vertebral Column
    5. Upper Limbs
    6. Pelvic Girdle
    7. Pectoral Girdle
  7. 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.
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
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)

Disciplines -
Art
 
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.
 
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. Gesture drawing exercises that focus on human anatomy.
  8. Exercises that have students make drawing revisions or corrections
  9. Critiques, self critiques and evaluation of drawing assignments and exercises
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Make a drawing of a human figure. Next make an overlay drawing of the skeleton system in the same pose as the human figure. Please the appropriate human anatomy terminology on the drawing.
  2. Write a self critique and summary discussing the outside project.