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ART 89 — Figure Drawing from the Model and the Imagination

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 28—Nov 30
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 11
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $560
Addtl. Fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 23
On campus
7:00—9:30 pm
Sep 28—Nov 30
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 11
2 Units
Addtl. Fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Please Note: No class on November 23
What do artists as disparate as Alberto Giacometti, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Alice Neel have in common? They all spent their artistic careers grappling with the problem of how to say something new about the human form. This studio drawing course will focus on the figure, emphasizing both direct observation and personal expression. We will work from a model every other week, alternating with sessions in which we expand our figurative vision through working from memory, imagination, art, and photography. Students will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook outside of class, in which they will sharpen their observational skills and germinate ideas for further development both in and outside of class. We will hold frequent informal critiques of ongoing work to share insights and help spur growth. We will also view and discuss the work of a wide range of contemporary and historical artists who work with the figure. Students can expect improvement in their ability to capture proportion and the gesture of a given pose, and enhanced confidence in inventing poses.

This course is designed for students of all skill levels, but is recommended especially for those who have had some previous drawing experience.

Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $50–$75 on these materials.

This course includes a non-refundable model fee of $25 to be paid at the time of registration.

Michael Pauker, Artist

Michael Pauker’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and The New York Public Library. He is a founding member of the Project 275 artists’ collective. Pauker received an MFA from Mills College and teaches studio art and art history at West Valley College, Skyline College, and Menlo College.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks