Figure Drawing 1
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 36.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Fine Arts
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190903_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Acquire the necessary skills to represent the human form. Familiarize yourself with contour, shape, foreshortening, motion, and basic anatomy while placing emphasis on spontaneous response and careful observation. Please bring 18" x 22" newsprint, drawing pencils, and a large bulldog clip to the first class.

Program Context

Fine Arts Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to draw the shape, structure, and form of dimensional figure design.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Understand line and its diverse function.
  2. Practice proportion solving techniques.
  3. Identify anatomical landmarks.
  4. Comprehend the six elements of lights.
  5. Demonstrate the elements of gesture drawing.
  6. Show the clear organization of tones.
  7. Use line to express contour, structure, and form.
  8. Develop tone to express bulk, structure, and form.
  9. Draw figure and ground relationships.
  10. Compose the figure in two tones.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Attendance and Class Participation10.0%
 Selection of Projects from Portfolio Drawings70.0%
 Homework Assignment20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
OptionalSuppliesMaterials used will include soft conte, charcoal, brush and ink, graphite pencils, and kneadable erasers. A variety of papers will be used.

Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

MODULE 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • Introduction to course structure, objectives, and materials 
  • Introduction to the concepts of gesture, rhythm, and motion in drawing the human figure through a variety of short poses 
  • Contour and blind contour drawing to heighten the perceptual and tactile aspects of drawing 

MODULE 2: Gesture Drawing

  • Further exploration of gesture drawing including quick gesture, multiple image gesture, and memory drawing 
  • Introduction to the techniques of laying in the figure, measuring units, and gauging angles 
  • HOMEWORK: Drawing your own hand 

MODULE 3: Right Side and Negative Spaces 

  • Drawing from the right side of the brain 
  • Introduction to negative spaces 

MODULE 4 & 5: Form and Spatial Relationships 

  • Exercises that pertain to form, spatial relationships, atmosphere, and the intuative response, such as making your drawing emerge from a page toned with charcoal 
  • Work with studying facial gestures and hand gestures 
  • Introduction to the viewfinder
  • HOMEWORK: Master Copy 

MODULE 6: Proportion

  • Focus on proportion and foreshortening 
  • Exercises dealing with distortion and exaggeration 
  • Expressive drawing with India ink 

MODULE 7: Character Drawing 

  • A character designed by the student will be used in place of a model in the gesture portion of the class
  • 2 long poses will be presented - nude and clothed
  • Introduction to the self portrait  
  • HOMEWORK: The Self Portrait 

MODULE 8: Black and White Charcoal 

  • Portrait with black and white charcoal on Grey pastel paper
  • Facial gestures will be explored 

MODULE 9 & 10: Extended Figure Study

  • In-depth look at the figure 

MODULE 11 & 12: Figure Study in Various Mediums

  • Extended figure study in a variety of mediums 

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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