Figure Drawing Class


Our Figure Drawing Session will run for a total of 7-classes per session and will meet every other Monday (with the exception of February) from 7:30 until 9:30PM in the main studio here at Shoe Town Art Center. The cost of this course is $150. (averaging to about $20. a class). 


Course dates: December 7, 2015 through March 14, 2016


Class Description:

Figure Drawing is the sketching and rendering of the human figure.  The class will cover gesture and the development of the sketch, the French academic tradition of rendering, proportions and the relationship of scale of body parts. The class will  include a detail study of hands, feet and faces.The majority of the classes will using a professional nude model for observation.



Class Schedule:

December 7, 2015 Class/ 1:

Sketching: big shape, gesture, line weight and scribble. 

Drawing from model- one to five minute poses


No class Decemebr 21 class


January 18, 2016/ Class 2:

French Academic tradition: site sizing, placement, potato bag, negative space and bed bug line. 

Focus on full figure.


January 25, 2016/ Class 3:

Drawing in French Academic style from model, male.  Full figure, two 40-minute poses. 

Focus on proportions, bones and muscles.



February 1, 2016/ Class 4:

Drawing in French Academic style from model, female. 

Full figure. Two 40-minute poses.  Focus on proportions, bones and muscles.


February 15, 2016/ Class 5:

Drawing and focus on hands and feet. 



February 29, 2016/ Class 6:

Drawing Portrait and face: composition, proportions of the face, expressions. 

Drawing from clothed model- 30 minute poses. focus on face proportions and expressions.


March 14, 2016/ Class 7:

Drawing figures in a composition.  Using sketches or drawings from previous classes

construct some kind of composition with three figures.



Class Materials:

A variety of hard to soft vine charcoal

A variety of hard to soft compressed charcoal

A hard or medium white drawing material: pastel, conte crayon or craypas

A pad of medium quality white drawing paper. Size about 18” x 24”

2 pieces of medium gray paper. Size about 9”x11”

Kneaded eraser


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