VAFA200 Drawing Anatomy

Department of The Arts: Drawing: Second Year

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA200 Drawing Anatomy
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFA100 (C or better) and VAFA103 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
In addition to class studio time, students work 5 hours out of class each week. Nude models are used in class. Students maintain two sketch books throughout the semester -- (1)a sketch book to study hands and feet; (2)a sketchbook to study the skeleton, muscles, and preliminary drawings for in class and home work studies.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Through drawing, students study the design and function of the figure. The proportions and architecture of the human form are analyzed. Insight into the construction of the body is achieved through skeletal and muscular studies and conceptual applications of 3-D form. A selection of masterworks is emulated.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. examine the human form through gesture, contour, structure, mass, and intensive study of the skeleton and muscles;
    2. recognize traditional proportion systems from the Renaissance to the present;
    3. recognize and explain how the artist uses mark making and color as an expressive force;
    4. analyze by replication the beauty and craftsmanship of the Masters;
    5. plan, complete, and present work on time in a neat and precise manner; and
    6. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. examine the human form by studying the skeleton, muscles, and surface planes
    2. memorize the names of the key skeletal elements and major muscle areas
    3. describe the figure in space with special attention to the application of foreshortening
    4. create self-portraits of the body that are both analytical and subjective
    5. distinguish the effectiveness of the media, tools, and techniques used by selected artists throughout the history of figure representation
    6. encourage the student to develop analytical and expressive language skills when discussing work during critiques
    7. plan and complete drawings in a timely and professional manner
    8. apply the principle structures that govern representational work
    9. identify both the technical skills and the aesthetic elements of drawing
    10. prepare a sketchbook with conceptual, skeletal, and muscle studies
    11. introduce and apply appropriate vocabulary for evaluation and criticism
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Slides, video, and digital technology are incorporated by instructor. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015