Drawing the Nude - 1 Day Intensive Sustained Pose
The sustained pose aims to hone the student’s skills in both close observation and the conceptualising of the human form. Under tutor guidance, you will establish a succinctly described contour drawing that conveys both the structure and anatomical landmarks of the figure. You will then learn to model the figure using a coloured paper as a mid tone. In the final stage, the aim will be to create subtle transitions in modelled form in coloured chalk pencil, with the aid of a selection of stumps (coiled paper sticks that can be purchased from most art supply stores). Cost of life model included in course fee.
- Morning Class – Aims to establish a close to finished contour drawing of the pose. The teacher will assist students in understanding the major masses of the figure, where the weight of the body rests in relation to the pose and signifying important anatomical landmarks. (Note: students should not feel rushed and may choose to spend most of the day on this stage of the drawing).
- Afternoon Class – begin the process of modelling in red sanguine chalk, with the light source on the model as a partial guide. With the teacher’s guidance, a greater emphasis will be placed on conceptualising and inventing a light source that manages to describe the front and side planes of the human form. White chalk will be introduced to convey the higher values. Black chalk will be introduced to emphasise the point at which the form turns from a front to a side plane, or/and into shadow.
PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Gain a more in depth understanding of drawing the human figure via a sustained pose. The sustained pose will ground the student in an understanding of the figure’s structure which may further complement and enhance the students' skill in conveying more immediate impressions that can be gained from the drawing of shorter poses.
- Further conceptualise the overarching masses of the figure, as well as its subsidiary parts in relation to these masses.
- Conceive of the modelling of gradations of light and dark as contingent to an understanding and conceptualisation of structure and form.
- Utilise different coloured chalks in relation to varying paper grounds.
- Learn to employ stumps to assist in softening and suggesting the subtle gradations of form.
- A variety of mostly hard and some soft oil-based red sanguine, black and white chalk pencils (make sure the chalk is oil-based).
- 2 sheets of buff acid-free A3 sheets of paper (ask your local art supply store what buff paper is if you don’t know – they will!).
- At least three paper stumps, for black, red sanguine and white chalk (Again, ask your local art supply store for these).
- Kneadable eraser.
- Stanley knife for sharpening chalk pencils
- Two metal paper clips.
Wednesday 11 April 2018
10.00 AM - 4.00 PM
72 Bathurst Street
'This was a fantastic course. I have not really done any life drawing before and I produced a reasonable representation of the model. Dominique was very helpful in establishing the basics for starting to sketch and helped me enormously with getting proportions accurate. I was very impressed and would recommend this course to anyone - beginner or experienced.'