• Intermediate
  • Drawing

This course is designed to help students build confidence and sensitivity in their depictions of the human form. Beginning with some  review of the fundamentals of figure drawing, the course will move towards increasingly long poses. Students will be encouraged to work large, and more importance will gradually be placed on overall composition. Emphasis will also be placed on the content and context of figurative artwork. Some relevant anatomical information will be presented  Additionally, a mix of  technical approaches and types of paper will be tried out. It is hoped that by the end of this course, students will have honed their observational, compositional, and mark-making skills, and will have gained experience to move from study of the model towards more fully realized compositions of personal significance.


Notes: It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course or have equivalent and recent life drawing instruction. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Further refine basic life drawing skills: contour, gesture, value (light/shadow), proportion
  • Beginning to consider composition and content
  • More specific in-depth figure details (foreshortening, heads, clothing)

Materials to Bring

Required Materials*

  • 1 pad of newsprint – 18 x 24 inches is adequate, but 24 x 36 is recommended
  • A couple of sticks of black nupastel chalk or compressed charcoal
  • A couple of sticks of willow or vine charcoal – ¼” diameter, medium or soft grade
  • One stick of “B” or “HB” conté crayon (“Conte à Paris” brand preferable to “Galleria” or others)
  • Optional: brown or other earth-tone conte crayons
  • Optional: one charcoal pencil – 4B (for more definite line drawings)
  • Large size kneadable eraser
  • White vinyl eraser
  • Bulldog or fold-back clips- at least two
  • X-acto knife or snap-type knife

Other materials will be recommended as the course progresses - expect to need more (and likely better-quality) paper.

*For the first class, be sure to bring a pad of newsprint, a conte crayon (black or brown) and some compressed charcoal. The rest of the materials list can be discussed at that time, if there are any materials you are unsure about.