Course Title: Life Drawing
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2008
Course Code: VART5134
Course Title: Life Drawing
School: 340T Art
Campus: City Campus
Program: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)
Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472
Course Contact Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nominal Hours: 32
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
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Students use a range of drawing methods and selected materials to draw the human figure from observation within specified pose times translating structure and preparation into an expressive form on a 2D drawing surface.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
VBS642 Life Drawing
1. Identify and apply the appropriate drawing media and presentation techniques required to produce a folio of life drawings
2. Identify and apply observation skills in regard to the production of a series of life-drawings
3. Identify and apply the appropriate drawing techniques when given a series of life-model poses with a variation of time spans and positions
4. Depict the gesture and movement of the figure.
Details of Learning Activities
Life Drawing enables students to develop an understanding of the principles of observational drawing from the human figure and to directly connect with a primary subject matter in the visual arts.
Course Delivery is in the form of :
• Lectures and practical demonstrations
• Studio practice
• Tutorial discussions
• Class discussions
• Individual tuition
Students are presented with a range life models, poses, and time spans each week appropriate to a range of specific tasks.
Tasks include the following: identifying shape, form and space, tonal transitions, composition, approaches to seeing and drawing the human body, and beginning with charcoal broadening to a variety of drawing mediums and techniques.
Constance, Diana ‘Life Drawing’
Goldstein, Nathan ‘Figure Drawing : The Structure, Anatomy, and Expressive Design of Human Form
Simblet, Sarah ‘Anatomy for the Artist’
Overview of Assessment
Folio presentation marked by a panel, with written response.
• Presentation folio of 6 long pose drawings (20 minutes or more) & 6 short pose drawings (less than 20 minutes)
• Visual Art Journal/s and Sketchbooks
• Class participation.
A folio is presented at the end of semester one and marked by a panel.
Students who complete a satisfactory first semester’s ‘Life Drawing’ folio will receive a PX (Pass).
A final graded mark for ‘Life Drawing’ will be given at the end of semester two.
An overall written response is including in the assessment under the headings of ‘Conceptual/Critical skills’, Technical Skills, and ‘Studio Practice & Personal Objectives’.
Assessment Criteria :
i. Understanding and application of various drawing techniques
ii. Use of line and tone
iii. Observational skills
iv. Understanding of composition / space / colour / shape & interval etc
v. Understanding of approaches to drawing a life model
vi. Personal interpretation of the subject matter
vii. Evaluation of suitability in the use and application of materials and techniques
|2||Introduction : L.D. Powerpoint|
Pre model : Mannequin drawing
|Identifying basic issues: time , scale, position on page.|
Pre model : Mannequin drawing, descriptive poses, students posing, self portraits
|Identifying basic issues: shape, anatomy, structure.|
|4||Basic issues with life model||Identifying line, tone, mass drawing, positive & negative space.|
Heads and hands
|Identifying continuous line
Focus on heads and hands
Heads and hands
Long pose full figure
|Identify long pose issues and focus on structural drawing with head
|7||Tone and ’rub-back’||Identify the technique of producing a rub back drawing.|
|8||Ink studies||Exploration of gestural mark making using ink for short poses.|
|9||Ink studies with tonal washes||Exploration of gestural mark making using ink for a long pose.|
|10||Ink studies with tonal washes and conte||Exploration of gestural mark making using ink and conte in a
long pose .
|11||Short and long poses||Consolidate and drawing techniques|
|12||40 minute pose||Consolidate with tutorial week folio viewing|
|13||Coloured pastel and portrait drawing||Identifying techniques in the application of coloured pastels.
Return to portrait studies
|14||Short pose focus and pastels||Consolidate with a range of short pose times.
Continuing with coloured pastels
|15||Long pose focus||Consolidate with a range of media and times.|
|16||Short poses and one long pose||Consolidate with a range of media and times.|
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