Life Drawing I

Life Drawing I


Spring 2011
01/18/2011 - 05/15/2011

Course Information

Section 003
TTh 12:00 - 14:40
NRG4 4266
Douglas Jaques

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term

Course Requirements


Discussion of syllabus.  Drawing from model

Draw – front, back, side views of model.  Draw corresponding views of skeleton


Draw three views of the head and corresponding views from the skull.


Test on muscles of the torso.  Gesture drawing with pencil, conte, and charcoal.  Master drawings.


Begin shading exercises using conte crayon and charcoal.  Master drawings.


Continue volumetric drawing using mass lines to give the illusion of form through linear shading, cross-hatching and cross contour lines.  Pencil, pen, charcoal, and conte. Master drawings. Drawings due for grading.


Gesture drawing.  Exploring pen and wash techniques on watercolor paper. Master drawings


Explore chiaroscuro with charcoal or conte on grey charcoal paper heightened with white conte.  Long pose.


Test on muscles of the arm. Gesture drawing.  Studies of the hand.  Studies of the foot.



 Gesture drawing using continuous tone and drawing using a shading stump and powdered charcoal.  Drawings due for grading.


Gesture drawings.  Long pose using powdered graphite and pencil on good quality drawing paper.


Detailed drawing of the head in charcoal on grey paper heightened with white conte.


Test on muscles of the leg.  Contour drawings.  Value drawings. Combined contour and value drawings


Long pose using choice of materials


Long pose using choice of materials.  Drawings due for grading.


Student’s choice of poses and materials.  Compute and discuss grades




Required Text

 The Human Figure  by David K. Rubens


                                          Suggested Reading

Constructive Anatomy  by George Bridgman

Bridgman’s Life Drawing, by George Bridgman

Figure Drawing by Nathan Goldstein


The Human Figure,  by David K. Rubens is available in the ACC bookstore on the ground floor of building 4000.


The Library is on the second floor of building 1000  at NRG.  It has a fairly good collection of art and anatomy books.


I would recommend visiting the downtown branch of the Austin Public Library, or the UT Fine Art Library, for a really in depth collection of art books.





1.     Tackle box

2.     Charcoal – (hard, soft, medium)

3.     Charcoal paper – white and gray

4.     Drawing board

5.     Graphite pencils – 3B, 4B, 5B,6B, powdered graphite

6.     Kneaded eraser (large)

7.     Chamois (optional)

8.     Single edged razor blade (optional)

9.     Hand pencil sharpener

10.  Conte crayons – black and white, brown optional

11.  One pad 18” x 24” Strathmore  drawing paper, white

12.  An assortment of markers, fine to medium point, permanent and water soluble

13.  Spray fixative

14.  Watercolor brush, Chinese bamboo

15.  Water container

16.  Water soluble drawing ink

17.  Drawing pen (optional)

18.  Sharpened stick

19.  Clamps for holding paper

20.  Masking tape (optional)

21.  Portfolio, cardboard

Course Subjects


Detailed study of the human form. Emphasis on rendering, mood, expression, and skeletal and muscular structure.


Instructional Methodology


            Teaching will be done by the following methods:


1.    Demonstration – The instructor will demonstrate concepts and technique by drawing in front of the class.

2.    Hands on teaching – The instructor will make the rounds, working with each student, giving constructive criticism, and doing individual demonstrations.

3.    Discussion – The instructor will illustrate the technical and expressive aspects of life drawing by showing examples of his own work, and the work of other artists.  Students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions and critiques as time allows.

4.    Individual Discussion – The instructor will guide students individually by giving technical advice and suggested reading and research, which would benefit individual students.

5.    To alternate a gestalt, gestural approach to life drawing with a methodical approach, this is to insure that the student will draw with energy and accuracy


7.       Course Rationale


The purpose of Life Drawing I is to provide each student with specific drawing media experiences and to build basic perceptual skills in terms of drawing from the human figure. The student will review basic knowledge of the elements of art: line, value, shape/volume, texture and color to lead to their deliberate manipulation for different types of spatial illusion, compositions, and expressive meaning.

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives


Common Course Objectives


*        Students will demonstrate knowledge of the bone structure of the human skeleton and the body’s muscle structure by drawing and by quizzes on the nomenclature of anatomy.


*        Students will be able to draw the human figure accurately displaying normative proportional relationships of the body’s parts to the whole.


*        Students will depict the figure in a variety of poses using foreshortening (linear perspective).


*        Students will draw the figure so that the illusion of volume is achieved through a variety of shading techniques, such as, graduated continuous tones, cross contour lines, and cross-hatching.


*        Students will convey gesture, the illusion of expressive movement, when drawing the figure spontaneously in very brief periods of time.


*        Students will simplify, exaggerate, or distort visual elements and normative proportions to interpret expressive qualities of the figure.


*        Students will evoke mood through the expressive use of drawing materials.


*        Students will present their completed work in a professional manner.


         Objectives/Outcomes established by the instructor


Students will alternate gesture drawings with long methodical studies.  The aim is to enable the student to draw spontaneously, energetically and accurately.