Explore a clear and intuitive method for seeing form and understanding the structure of the human body as a foundation of artistic expression, allowing for more accurate drawing and composition. Discussions include anatomical detail as to the working of bones and musculature as well as overall shapes and general principles of construction and action as exhibited on the model. Anatomy for the Artist (winter) is followed by Drawing the Features of the Head (spring).

Each fast paced 1.5 hour lecture takes up the salient points of the subjects below in an artistic as opposed to medical vein. The series provides a flyover level of detail appropriate for the avid beginner and the intermediate student, with an emphasis on the identification and description of a few hundred muscles and bones, their joints and movements, and their common shapes and functional and aesthetic relationships. Though each lecture stands on its own, the student new to anatomical study is encouraged to take the entire series.

By necessity we deal in generalizations common to all members of our species, with special call-outs to generally accepted differences between men and women, youth and age, and occasionally as between folks of different ancestral backgrounds as warranted. Lectures proceed with whiteboard drawings, projected images and the life (nude) model. Please bring a notebook for sketching and note taking. Unfortunately there will not be time for drawing from the model outside of lecture time.

Thursday, January 17 – March 21
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Gage Capitol Hill

All Levels Welcome!
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January 17| Bio-Mechanics and the Canons of Proportion

January 21| Pelvis and Trunk

January 31| Ribs and Spine

February 7| Reach 1; Shoulder Girdle

February 14| Reach 2; the Forelimbs

February 21| Locomotion, the Buttocks and Lower Limbs

February 28| Support and Manipulation; Feet and Hands

March 7| Skull; Cranium and Face

March 14| Features, Skin and Fat

March 21| Features and muscles of the face