Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ART 237B
Course Title:
Life Drawing
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Course Description

Further investigates drawing the human form through referencing professional models and applying various drawing processes and concepts. Develops understanding of the structure, form and proportions of the human figure in the context of composition, personal expression and an awareness of materials. Prerequisites: One term of ART237 or ART237A or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

• The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films and field trips.The course utilizes professional nude models as the basis for student assignments.• This is the second in a three-course sequence.• A minimum 3 hours of homework per week in the form of private exploration of the concepts and processes introduced in class will be required.• College level reading comprehension is necessary.• Art 231 fulfills Arts and Letters requirements for Gen. Ed., block transfer and PCC graduation.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Further implement creative ways to solve visualization problems in drawing the human form using a variety of perceptual and conceptual strategies.
  2. Apply an intermediate level of understanding of the proportions of the human figure and the relation of the figure to the compositional space through the processes, materials, and techniques associated with drawing.
  3. Participate with others in a critical dialogue about figure drawings from the past, the present, and from other cultures.
  4. Actualize personal expression and self-critical skills in figure drawing while recognizing the standards and definitions already established by both contemporary and historical works of art from different cultures.
  5. Experience a heightened awareness of the physical world and the nature of the relationship of human beings to it via the experience of figure drawing.

Course Activities and Design

• The course may include demonstrations, slides, lectures, video/films andfield trips.• Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technical andconceptual proficiency.1)Create life drawings that incorporate a variety of technical skills with anawareness of the inherent characteristics of different life drawing processes.2)Begin to generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content ofthe work produced.3)Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technicalproficiency.4)Develop safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals andmachinery within a communal studio space.5)Further expand and utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to life drawingwhen participating in class critiques and discussions.6)Begin to assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.7)Begin to develop personal work with an awareness of historical andcontemporary artists working in life drawing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:• Bring all human senses to the experience of Life Drawing.• Examine aspects of the conceptual process; experiencing, visualizing, symbolizing, playing, imagining, etc.• Employ various processes by which the artist sees nature, conceives ideas and executes a drawing.• Observe ways to process visual experience through a drawing; gesture, contour, massing, shading, expression, etc.• Participate in review of class drawings through application of vocabulary and aesthetic processes.• Experience the connection between sight and the other senses used to understand the figure as subject matter .

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Develop use of materials for mark-making which may include graphite, charcoal, conte, pastels, ink, etc.• Demonstrate familiarity with composition in the picture plane.• Create sense of three-dimensional illusion through perspective, modeling in light, etc.• Experience various drawing surfaces: newsprint, bond, charcoal paper, butcher paper, etc.• Demonstrate familiarity with compositional devices: active/passive, symmetry/asymmetry, rhythm, etc.• Observe interaction between figure and ground.• Discover an individual way of understanding and drawing the figure.• Understand the difference between illustration, representation, expression and their effects.• Become familiar with various historical approaches to figure drawing and their reflection of the human record.