Drawing the Figure

This class will provide you with an introduction to drawing the figure. Emphasis will be given to seeing and understanding proportion, gesture and light and shadow. You will learn to describe the direction of the light, and complexion. We will work with charcoal and then move to red and white chalks used in conjunction with colored paper. The instructor will demonstrate each new media as they are introduced. All levels of students will benefit from the stress on fundamentals of drawing the human figure.

Please note: this is an eight-session class. Fleisher will be closed on January 16 and February 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • The observation and understanding of gesture in all aspects of the figure

  • Learning to see the direction of light in terms of light and shadow patterns

  • Observing the model’s complexion as a relationship of skin color, hair color, and eye color

  • Seeing the three qualities of light: light, transition, and shadow

Required supplies:

  • Newsprint and charcoal paper pads, 18×24 inches

  • Charcoal and pencils, 2B, 4B, 6B, and HB

  • White conte and white charcoal pencils

  • Kneaded eraser