Drawing the Figure

This class will provide you with an introduction to drawing from the model. 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 the complexion of the model. 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.

This Monday class is eight sessions in order to accommodate the two holidays that occur during the winter term: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, and Presidents’ Day, February 18. The class will not be held on these days and there will not be no makeup sessions.

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*

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.