Life Drawing for Beginners
This course seeks to systematically outline and guide you through, some of the fundamental principles that lead to a comprehensive proficiency for drawing the human figure. In the space of six weeks students will gain the necessary tools in a short time, to build on principles they can practice and repeat over a life time.
Each week introduces the student to a new aspect of competent figure drawing. Included with this is a brief analysis of human anatomy, starting with the major masses of the skeleton and concluding with an analysis of each of the major muscle groups of the human body.
- Week 1. The figure as basic line and structure.
- Week 2. The figure as line and structure.
- Week 3. Fundamental gesture and action
- Week 4. Gesture and action with basic anatomical masses, landmarks and limited convexed contours
- Week 5. Basic anatomy and the figure as line and contour
- Week 6. The figure as convexed forms, basic shadow masses and modelling at the plane break.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify how the placement of the models weight coincides with the figures action.
- Begin to understand and grasp the processes of conceptualising, selecting and creatively inventing from the figure.
- Learning how to treat the figure as a “mannequin” rather than a static object to mindlessly copy and reproduce.
- Have an ability to apply a basic knowledge of human anatomy to figure drawing, including the basic skeletal masses of the figure and muscle groups.
- Understand the basic principles of suggesting form with line alone.
- Making use of and/or inventing a light source to model form.
- Being able to identify techniques and make use of Old Masters drawings within a contemporary drawing practice.
- Drawing materials required:
- Faber Castel Pitt oil based hard sanguine OR black chalk pencil.
- Kneadable eraser
- Stanley knife to sharpen pencils
- A3 sketch book
- Two metal bulldog clips for support
Friday 15 February - 22 March 2019
6.30 PM - 8.30 PM
North Sydney Community Centre
Inside Civic Park at 220 Miller St, North Sydney
(behind Stanton Library, between McLaren & Ridge Streets)
Previous student feedback:
'Dominique chose learning tasks that practiced skills relevant to beginners, which we mostly were. Dominique also offered intermediate students scope to improve skills. He offers constructive feedback individually and promotes a friendly and interactive studio approach.'
'How much I learnt in such a short course.'