How to Draw: Exploring Ways to See the Human Figure Through Art

This course is designed for all people interested in drawing from life. Each Monday morning begins with an art history lecture inspired by PAAM’s collection. Then, for two hours, we will work from a nude model using charcoal, conte and chalk on 18 x 24-inch sketch paper.

The drawing sessions start with ten one-minute poses and multiple short poses that loosen your hand and train your eye. You will learn fundamental ways to approach perspective, composition, gestural mark-marking, abstraction, deconstruction and Hofmann’s theory of push/pull.

Week One: July 8th: The Figure as Gesture

Experience the immediacy of bold sweepings strokes as you create your own visual vocabulary.

Week Two: July 15th: The Figure as Expression

Learn to convey emotion in your drawing using the figure as inspiration.

Week Three: July 22nd: The Figure in Perspective

Understand how one and two-point perspective deepens the picture plane of your drawings.

Week Four: July 29th: The Figure Deconstructed

See how cubism deconstructs the figure and recreates the human form as planes and shapes.

Week Five: August 5th: The Figure Pushed and Pulled

Use Hofmann’s theory of push and pull to grasp how a two-dimensional surface gets activated.

Week Six: August 12th: The Figure Costumed

Adding elements of fantasy deepens your ability to create a visual experience for the viewer.

Week Seven: August 19th: The Figure as Allegory

Gain skills to use drawing for visual storytelling.