The Academy and the Nude
Historically, the evening was the conventional time for practicing drawing, when the artist could no longer rely on day light to paint. However, it wasn’t until the beginning of the seventeenth century that drawing from the life model became a fully codified convention, with the emergence of “academies” - highly finished studies drawn from life over a three hour period. Taking inspiration from this practice, this course will look at what we can learn from these “academy” life studies. Then every second week, we will see how the lessons we have gained from these drawings can be applied to a similarly posed life model.
Week 1, 3, 5 and 7 will examine four academy drawings, with the aim of critically reproducing their articulation of gestural action, proportion, artistic anatomy and shaded rendering. Many of the challenges students find in the formal areas of drawing the figure will become comprehensible by a close study of artists of the highest historical competence in the field of life drawing. Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 will seek to thoughtfully apply the lessons learnt in the preceding week to a living model, whose pose and lighting in class will aim to mirror the drawing studied as closely as is possible.
- Week 1: Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), A Standing Male Nude, with Right Arm Raised, Seen from Behind, c. 1796, black and white chalk on blue grey paper.
- Week 2: Life model
- Week 3: Francois Boucher (1703 – 1770) Reclining Female Nude, red chalk with white highlights on buff paper.
- Week 4: Life model
- Week 5: Louis de Boullogne (1654 – 1733) Reclining Male Nude, 1711, black and white chalk on blue-grey paper.
- Week 6: Life model
- Week 7: Nicolas de Plattemontagne (1631 – 1706), Sleeping Male Nude with Legs Bent, 1702, red, black and white chalk on buff paper.
- Week 8: Life model
PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Gain an understanding of how to apply proportion, gestural action, an application of bold and graceful form, anatomical landmarks and shaded rendering, as observed within Old Master Academy drawings to the living model.
- Gain a greater comprehension of drawing as a shorthand language of descriptive abstraction.
- Gain an ability to use similar techniques of abstracted and reductive description within your own life drawing practice.
- 2H or H pencil
- Variety of hard/soft oil based sanguine red chalk pencils (pencils not chalk sticks)
- Variety of hard/soft oil based black chalk pencils (pencils not chalk sticks)
- Oil based soft white chalk pencil
- Two paper stumps
- Kneadable eraser
- Stanley knife
- A4 sketch book with buff and blue grey paper
- Two metal board clips
IMPORTANT: Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.
Thursday 12 October - 30 November 2017
6.00 PM - 8.00 PM
72 Bathurst Street