SRJC Course Outlines

6/20/2024 1:50:24 AMART 12 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  ART 12Title:  FIGURE DRAWING  
Full Title:  Figure Drawing
Last Reviewed:4/13/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled4.002 min.Lab Scheduled70.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  12 - 9 Units Total
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Drawing the human figure employing the basic concepts and skills covered in Art 7A, such as shape, volume, plane, contour, space, light, movement, composition, and expression, using a variety of graphic tools and media.


Recommended Preparation:
Art 7A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Drawing the human figure employing the basic concepts & skills covered in Art 7A, shape, volume, plane, contour, space, light, movement, composition,& expression, using a variety of graphic tools & media.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Art 7A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:12 - 9 Units Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: ARTS 200 Figure Drawing SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ART12

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Review basic drawing concepts such as shape, mass, contour, volume,
   space, scale, light, movement and figure/ground.
2.  Use line, tonal contrasts, and foreshortening techniques to apply
   the above concepts.
3.  Practice basic drawing skills to achieve these ends.
4.  Consider various qualities of human and artistic expression which
   the figure inspires.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Use of techniques of gesture drawing to express the essential action
   of the figure.
2.  Recognize various factors relating specifically to the figure such
   as mass, axis, proportion, distribution of weight, and basic
   anatomical features.
3.  Apply drawing methods to the particulars of the figure: shape, contour
   (quick and slow), value and textural contrasts, volume, planes,
   negative space, foreshortening, etc.
4.  Practice a variety of techniques to express these elements: modeling,
   shading, hatching, use of wash, etc.
5.  Draw the figure in relation to props and to the immediate environ-
   ment, juxtaposing similar and contrasting shapes, volumes, value
   spatial axes.
6.  Explore a range of graphic media and tools for drawing: pencil,
   crayon, pen and brush with ink, etc.
7.  Study and discuss old master drawings and good contemporary figure
   drawings as they apply to various exercises.

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1.  Gesture drawing (very brief poses)
2.  Negative space
3.  Silhouettes
4.  Axe (finding and demarking axial directions)
5.  Outline
6.  Blind contour (without looking at paper), quick contour, cross contour
7.  Angular contours using only straight lines
8.  Cubic, void, lanar construction
9.  Tone as a spatial clue (darker for farther)
10. Modeling with continuous tone; with hatching
11. Light and shadow: revealing lights with eraser on toned paper
12. The figure with props an environment
13. Cropping (selecting a portion of the figure)
14. Distortion, exaggeration, abstraction
15. Three values (using white chalk and charcoal on mid-toned paper
16. Drawing the skeleton next to the figure
17. The figure as landscape
18. The figure in motion
19. Drawing the head, hands, feet
20. Changing the scale: miniscule to life-size

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
80 - 100%
A portfolio of completed work will the major basis for course grade. Othe factors: attendance, attitude, attentiveness, effort, growth, participatio

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Natural Way to Draw by Kinon Nicoleides
Drawing the Human Form by Wm. Berry
Creative Figure Drawing by Milton Hirschl

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