- Code ARTV1020
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Art and Design
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Visual Arts
- Areas of interest Visual Arts, Design Arts, Creative Arts
With a focus on drawing the human form in a studio environment, Figure & Life enables students to develop an understanding of the principles of observational drawing. Relevant to students with any level of experience and from all visual arts and design disciplines, this course introduces a range of skills and concepts to support future specialised practice-led research. Each week students are presented with different tasks and approaches to seeing and drawing the human body by identifying space, shape, form, line, gesture, expression, movement, colour, tone and composition. The experience of drawing is broadened by testing a variety of drawing mediums and techniques through haptic exploration. In class students build up a substantial portfolio of work for assessment. A deeper knowledge of drawing in context of historical and contemporary art and design practices is furthered through weekly tutorial slide presentations and critical reflections. Additional weekly activities also assist students to demonstrate progressive development and gain confidence through guided drawing projects.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and apply a range of processes and approaches to seeing and drawing the human form from life;
- demonstrate an understanding of the principles of observational drawing in context of historical and contemporary practices in the visual arts and design;
- utilise a variety of drawing mediums and techniques to explore space, shape, form, line, gesture, movement, colour, tone and composition;
- clearly show progressive development of drawing skills and conceptual ideas through guided drawing projects;
- articulate a developing visual literacy through creative works, verbal discussion and written critical reflection.
All classes are expected to be attended in person as there are no recording of lessons online. Classes are delivered in a studio environment using professional life models. This course is fun, challenging and rewarding. Figure & Life is designed to build confidence and provide invaluable foundational drawing skills. This course is extremely popular and is taken by undergraduate students from many programs across the university.
- Portfolio of studio work (50) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Guided drawing projects (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Critical reflections, 500 words (10) [LO 2,5]
- Participation (10) [LO 4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
No previous knowledge or skill in drawing required. Recommended to students of all levels of experience.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6816||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||N/A|