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Course Description

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

“It is a wonderful thing to draw a human being that lives, it is confoundedly difficult, but after all it is splendid.” - Vincent van Gogh. 

In this short course students will expand their observational drawing skills learning how to depict the human figure/nude more accurately. Working from the “INSIDE/ OUT”, the basics of human anatomy will be covered starting with the skeletal and moving on to the muscular systems emphasizing structural landmarks. Students will focus on applying this knowledge by simplifying light and shadow to create shapes, allowing you to build the observed nude with greater accuracy and achieve a likeness as we will cover portraiture as well.

The instructor will be present for the entirety of the short course and will guide you through brief lectures, demonstrations, and individual and group critiques. The nude, the figure in space, and the portrait will be covered through short and long poses with the live model(s).

Level: Beginner to intermediate. Some drawing experience required.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

Refund Policy: The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the offering type: whether the offering is a course, workshop or short course, or in-demand offering. Please refer to the section details to confirm the type of offering as well as any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies for each offering type are viewable here:

Remission Eligible: Not eligible.

This is a non-credit short course. For more information about course policies and expectations, please visit

This section is also open to high school students who are rising 11th or 12th grade students. High School students who enroll will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

Affiliated With:

School of the Museum of Fine Arts