The Anatomy of the Figure (six-session workshop)

Improve your figure drawing and sculpture by familiarizing yourself with basic human anatomy. The workshop will focus primarily on the skeletal structure and the effects individual bony shapes have on the form. Fast gesture combined with long poses with the live model will be used to help the student see clearly the distinctive characteristics of the anatomy of the figure.

What you will learn:

  • Proportions of the figure structure

  • Understanding of the skeletal structure

  • How different bones affect body masses and form

Required supplies:

  • Charcoal (Blick extra soft vine)

  • Small limited set of pastels of your choice; flesh tones; Prismacolor Nupastels

  • Kneaded gum eraser

  • Essential for every class: newsprint rough texture pad, 18×24

  • For more substantial pieces used later in the course: Canson-mi-tientes charcoal paper. Individual sheets. choice of colors up to you; Hahnemuhle Ingres charcoal paper. Individual sheets. Choice of colors is up to you.

  • Drawing board and clips

  • All these materials can be purchased at Blick Art Materials, 1330 Chestnut St.