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David Brody
ART 290
Seattle Campus

Beginning Drawing: The Figure

Introduction to the human figure as historically traditional subject matter as well as an important component in self expression. Covers proportion, foreshortening, and composition. Prerequisite: ART 190.

Class description

This class further develops drawing concepts and skills explored in ART 190 and uses the figures as its primary subject while focusing on the following visual concepts:

1. The use of LINE, VALUE, and OPTICAL VALUE/MARK MAKING

2. Drawing with GESTURAL LINE to quickly state the dominant characteristics in a drawing and to explore compositional possibilities

3. Considering and controlling PLACEMENT and PICTORIAL ORGANIZATION (= composition)

4. Controlling relative PROPORTION and SHAPE

5. Creating the illusion of three-dimensional SPACE: volume of objects in readable space

6. Considering MEANING as it relates to figure drawing

Classroom sessions will be devoted to drawing, looking at artists’ work, discussions, and critiques. There will be weekly assignments to be completed outside of class. Students are expected to be prepared with sufficient quantities of all materials (drawing tools, surfaces, etc.) needed for class work and assignments.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, demonstrations, discussions, critiques and drawing practice

Recommended preparation

art190

Class assignments and grading

There will generally be a weekly assignment which follows on materials covered in class.

Grades are assessed by reviewing drawings done in class, homework assignments, and overall performance (i.e. preparedness, participation in discussions, degree of improvement). The largest component of the grade (90% or more) will be based on the quality of your drawings as related to the given problem or assignment.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David Brody
Date: 08/29/2011