Artistic Anatomy

An understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and morphology is essential for an artist wishing to accurately interpret and depict the human form. This course will consist of an in-depth analysis of the form and function of the human musculoskeletal system to help artists develop practical strategies to draw the complex relationship of gesture, proportion, and perspective of the figure from direct observation.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to extrapolate and interpret critical anatomical information from the observed figure

  • A functional understanding of the major musculoskeletal structures of the body

  • A focused and efficient drawing strategies based on anatomical, gestural, and perspectival understanding

Required supplies:

  • Sketchbook for drawings and notes approximately 9×12 – 11×14

  • Selection of graphite pencils: H, HB, B, 2B

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Terracotta/sanguine colored pencils