Human Form Course Overview
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Our inspiration for this class is Michelangelo and the more contemporary artists and teachers who came out of that stream: George Bridgman who taught 'Constructive Anatomy' and figure drawing for decades at The Art Students' League of New York and Burne Hogarth's 'Dynamic Figure Drawing'. Hogarth was an artist, teacher and illustrator who co-founded the School of Visual Art in NYC. We study figure drawing while taking turns doing 1, 5, 10, and two 20-minute poses in street clothes for the class. Beginning with a gesture sketch, students learned how to construct the figure in geometric shapes and then make the forms more organic, before finally rendering the drawing visually during a long pose of about 40 minutes. We also put our new knowledge to the test by making several trips to a coffee shop and sketching each other and our fellow patrons' portraits and clothed figures on the sly.