This course is designed specifically for experienced or upper-level students who wish to focus on conceptual development of their figurative work. Students will become aware of the idea of “the subject” when working with the figure. Historical and contemporary themes on the use of the figure will be studied. Students will investigate and understand why they use the figure and how they are most interested in using it as a means of expression and communication. This course is not exclusively for painters: students working in all media are welcome. Although this course is conceptually driven, consideration will also be given to process, media handling and formalism/design within students’ work in order to best achieve the desired outcome. Emphasis will be placed on getting students to use in-class set-ups & model poses as a launching point for creating images that are uniquely their own. Development of students’ individual approach of the figure will be paramount, as well as, furthering each student’s ability to use source imagery and set-ups for their own image development. The class will be working with nude or costumed models. There will be 2 poses/set-ups in total; each 4-5 classes in length, to allow for the full development of an idea and a fully resolved image or group of images. Set-ups will encourage both single and multi-figure compositions.
Notes: Students are expected to have a solid foundation of figure painting skills. It is recommended that students have taken coursework in basic painting, life drawing and/or life painting, and image development, or equivalent. This is a 9-week course
Students will address and gain a better understanding of: