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Course Description

Students will learn through a series of in-class exercises and at-home projects the fundamental drawing skills for the purposes of illustration and figurative art. The course will also include group critiques, examples of relevant artwork, and demonstrations of tools, materials, and techniques. Topics covered will include anatomy, composition, perspective, proportion, gesture, line quality, value, composition, and storytelling. At the onset, working from observation will be stressed to develop the artist’s eye and, later, from original digital reference and imagination using a variety of traditional drawing tools that can easily be applied to digital tools. By the end of the course, students will be proficient at the fundamentals of traditional drawing, familiar with the basic tools of drawing, and adept at imagining, designing, and executing compelling and dynamic figurative imagery. Level: beginner-intermediate.

This course may employ nude models for educational purposes. Please contact the instructor with any questions or concerns.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.


Any materials necessary for the first class meeting will be communicated to enrolled students by the instructor in advance. Otherwise, materials and supplies will be covered in the first class meeting.

Affiliated With:

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts