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ART 151 Life Drawing I

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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    • Profile picture
    Aug 14, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is a fundamental course to learn not only how to draw people, but really how to draw life. In this course you learn how to portray movement with a few lines, the subtleties of the figure and emotions, and how to make drawings speak for themselves.

    Course highlights:

    This course helped me learn human anatomy. This is to be expected, and it's a super notable highlight. The more important aspects of art I learned from this course were more deeply involved. This course showed me how to put movement into a single drawing and how to ground a figure into reality. We learned how to show weight and how to portray moods, as well as take artistic licence and focus on what the pose is telling us. We were no longer just copying what we saw like some sort of printer-- we were reading the pose and the model, we were feeling the energy of the room.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not slack off on your figure drawing sessions. More is better in this case. Dont focus too muc on small details, make sure you capture the whole thought first.

    • Spring 2016
    • Alecia Rossano
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Meetings Outside of Class
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    Oct 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    You draw the human figure from observation, not to be perfectly anatomically correct, but to capture gesture and emotion quickly and efficiently. Basic anatomy knowledge is required, but the class does not require you to render photo realistic humans. It is a very mellow, yet informative class. Techniques the instructor provides will serve any artist well even if they don't necessarily focus on drawing people.

    Course highlights:

    You do not need to draw everything to show your audience everything. Artists who can render detailed, photo realistic art are incredible, but those who can capture a pose under one minute with less than ten lines is (to me) much more awe inspiring. This class teaches how to make more with less and shows you how so few lines can have power. Poses can last from thirty seconds to twenty minutes, so not everything is rendered in an instant. But if you learn to capture a gesture in two minutes, you can really polish one in twenty minutes. Naturally, you learn value, line quality, proportion, etc., but the key take away is how there is beauty and accuracy in simplicity.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to the open figure drawing sessions provided by the school, or even other sections of the same class since a model always poses during class. Don't be afraid to show your work. This class has in class critique. It may be painful to show "amateur" work in front of your peers, but think of bad drawings like wounds. They will never heal, if you don't show them to someone who knows how to fix them. A professor from this school always told students "you only have so many bad drawings in you; the earlier you get them out of you, the better." This class is one of the best places to display your work. Here you have an instructor who gets paid to tell you how to get better. I'm not going to say it's painless. It's not. The benefits you get, however, are priceless.

    • Spring 2015
    • Morgan
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Meetings Outside of Class

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