Drawing the Figure

This online 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.

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. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

This is an eight-session class. Class will not be held on January 18 and February 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.

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. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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 x 24 inches

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

  • White conte and white charcoal pencils

  • Kneaded eraser