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.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Gage Capitol Hill

$15 at Door

March 15 | Face. Features and Musculature of Expression

The common morphologies of the organs of sense and the muscles of expression. Recognize the architecture of the 4 major features and the muscles that control them. Basics of expression.


March 22 | Gender Dimorphism, Hair, Skin and Fat

Primary and secondary sexual characteristics and the growth and morphology of the reproductive systems. The function and form of the largest sensory organ that covers all that lies below including pigmentation, energy storage and conservation. Common age, gender, and family of origin related differences in the appearances of the skin.