Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for ART 237C Effective Summer 2020

Course Number:
ART 237C
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 intermediate understanding of the structure, form and proportions of the human figure in the context of composition, personal expression and an awareness of materials. Prerequisites: Two terms of ART 237 or ART 237B 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 third 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 237 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 expanded 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. Refine 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 and field trips.

• Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technical and conceptual proficiency.

1)Create life drawings that incorporate a variety of technical skills with an awareness of the inherent characteristics of different life drawing processes.

2)Generate ideas/concepts with an awareness of the intended content of the work produced.

3)Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards technical proficiency.

4)Practice safe studio practices in regards to the handling of tools, chemicals and machinery within a communal studio space.

5)Utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to life drawing when participating in class critiques and discussions.

6)Assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.

7)Develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary artists working in life drawing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:• Bring all human senses to the experience of Life Drawing.• Refine 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.• Demonstrate 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.• Further explore composition in the picture plane.• Employ sense of three-dimensional illusion through perspective, modeling in light, etc.• Investigate various drawing surfaces: newsprint, bond, charcoal paper, butcher paper, etc.• Further explore 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.