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Zhi Lin
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 course provides continuity to vocabulary developed in beginning drawing (Art 190), including drawing the human figure with emphasis on structure, form, and anatomy, with more emphasis given to the development of individual qualities. The following are some of the main agendas: • the human structure, the skeleton, and the muscles • gesture sketch and spatial gesture • master study and drawing from memories • figure structure and the landmarks on the figure • long and short pose drawings

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Classroom sessions will be devoted to the instructor’s demonstrations, slide lectures, students’ in-class drawing from life, master-study, and class and individual critiques and discussions of both in-class work and homework assignments.

Recommended preparation

The student must complete Art 190 before taking this course.

Class assignments and grading

The main focus of the in-class and homework assignments is to learn visual language through observational study from nature and the great artwork in the history of art.

Grades will be given based on the quality of the student’s works (in-class and homework) and participation in the class. Grading considerations include: 1.) Completing the requirements, demonstrating control of the media to achieve creative results in terms of content and conceptual growth. 2.) Using class time to the student’s best advantage to complete work. 3.) Offering constructive criticism of others' work during class critiques. 4.) Meeting deadlines.


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 Zhi Lin
Date: 05/25/2008