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ART 131 — Drawing the Realistic Figure

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 5—May 31
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 18
Units: 2
Tuition: $590
Addtl. Fee: $40 (non-refundable)
Limit: 17
Instructor(s): John Robert Peck
Status: Closed
6:30—9:00 pm
Apr 5—May 31
9 weeks
Drop By
Apr 18
2 Units
Addtl. Fee: $40 (non-refundable)
John Robert Peck
The human body is our most familiar form. From early childhood we yearn to draw people realistically—to capture their gesture, strength, and grace. This course is about looking at, seeing, and drawing the human figure well. Regardless of your drawing experience, you can learn to draw accurately using charcoal on paper in a proven method. The result will be a solid drawing in itself, or an exceptionally useful study for a figure painting.

Using a small mirror, we will distinguish between our imagination and what our eyes actually see. This approach will lead to an entirely objective way of seeing and drawing—a method called “sight-size.” From the Renaissance to modern studios, this method of comparing lines to the actual subject allows anyone to draw a more realistic image. It opens up the whole world of drawing well. Each class will begin with a brief lecture and demonstration. Students will then work directly with a live model to build up their practical understanding of the sight-size method and progressively create a solid figure drawing.

Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $45–$65 on these materials. This course includes a non-refundable model fee of $40 to be paid at the time of registration.

John Robert Peck, Instructor, Triton Museum of Art

John Robert Peck’s paintings and drawings can be seen in private collections and galleries in London, Florence, Dublin, and Santa Fe. He graduated from the Florence Academy of Art and received an MArch from the University of New Mexico, where he was an instructor in the School of Architecture and Planning. He is the co-author of Drawing in Space: A Manual for Figurative Sculpture. His work can be viewed at johnpeck.com.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) John H. Vanderpoel, The Human Figure (recent edition) (ISBN 978-0486204321)