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

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Nominal Hours: 32

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

OHTH5322C Follow health, safety and security procedures

Course Description

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

Learning Outcomes

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


Teaching Schedule

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.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment requirements:
•    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.

Assessment procedure:
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

Assessment Matrix

WeekActivityLearning Outcomes
2Introduction : L.D. Powerpoint
Basic issues
Pre model : Mannequin drawing
Identifying basic  issues: time , scale, position on page. 
3Basic issues
Pre model : Mannequin drawing, descriptive poses, students posing, self portraits
Identifying basic  issues: shape, anatomy, structure. 
4Basic issues with life modelIdentifying line, tone, mass drawing, positive & negative space. 
5Basic issues
Heads and hands
Identifying  continuous line
Focus on heads and hands 
6Basic issues
Heads and hands
Long pose full figure
Identify long pose issues and focus on structural drawing with head
and face 
7Tone  and ’rub-back’Identify the technique of producing a rub back drawing.
8Ink studiesExploration of gestural  mark making using ink for short poses.
9Ink studies with tonal washesExploration of gestural  mark making using ink for a long pose.
10Ink studies with tonal washes and conteExploration of gestural  mark making using ink and conte in a
long pose .
11Short and long posesConsolidate and drawing techniques
1240 minute poseConsolidate with tutorial week folio viewing
13Coloured pastel and portrait drawing
Identifying techniques in the application of coloured pastels.
Return to portrait studies
14Short pose focus and pastels
Consolidate with a range of short pose times.
Continuing with coloured pastels
15Long pose focusConsolidate with a range of media and times.
16Short poses and one long poseConsolidate with a range of media and times.
17Assessment week
18Folio enrichment

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