Beginning Figure Drawing

Josh Chuzi’s research and teaching goals revolve around discovering relationships between culture and design. As a designer and a fine artist, he is naturally drawn toward the disciplines and philosophies of psychology, sociology, and art history because they allow him to explore how communication’s intent and meaning change with context over time. His teaching strategy, like my research approach, fancies the qualitative because it stretches over many different disciplines, all at once.

Constructing context and relevance for an interdisciplinary audience requires an interdisciplinary approach that requires a certain level of whimsy and creativity to paint a clear and complete picture. The methodologies Chuzi employs are those that seek to build disciplinary bridges, and make connections across understandings.

Whether teaching students or conducting research, Chuzi’s goal is to be a problem finder – a question generator – not a problem solver. Figuring out the right questions to ask, though, takes practice and guidance. With a degree in studio art processes and another in human anatomy, he is more interested in discovering how the compositional make-up of things allow them to work together than in the final product, itself.

He approaches teaching and research as a sculptor; it isn’t enough to simply start modeling – there needs to be an intimate, 360-degree understanding of how and why the desired “thing” –physical or theoretical – is formed to exist in a specific time and place before it can be designed most effectively. This framework depends upon a thoughtful process of drawings and sketches, an organizing logic of relationships (mind-mapping), thoughtful reflection, and refinement before there can ever be product. Creativity and vision, then, become the connective tissue.

6:30-9:30 P.M.
Live Model
Gage Capitol Hill
Course Materials: please have by first day of class

  • 18×24” drawing pad. Medium weight with good tooth – “Layout Bond” or “Biggie Sketch” newsprint is fine as well
  • Vine Charcoal, Willow sticks – thin, soft. One box., min 10 sticks
  • Small bit of rag… soft Chamois works best, a bit of old tee shirt will work. Note, can buy chamois at an auto parts store, much cheaper than at art store!
  • Cheap Portfolio (for carrying above pads, supplies)

Suggested Additional Materials, not critical, but good to have. Will discuss in class.

  • Pony, Bulldog or Binder clips wide enough for pads above
  • Draftsmans tape or blue masking tape
  • 1 x Charcoal pencils (general 2b med or 4b soft)
  • Kneaded eraser (grey)
  • Box cutter, w/ breakoff blades and/or sandpaper – ~100G for sharpening charcoal, pencils
  • Tackle other utility box to carry above supplies in
  • Cheap Portfolio (for carrying above pads, supplies)
  • Spray Fixative, Odorless, or Aquanet hair spray – for use at home only!

Suggested Additional Materials, not critical, but good to have. Will discuss in class.

  • Plumb bob
  • Drawing board with built in clips for 18 x 24 pads
  • Gum Eraser (brown) or White Eraser, Steadtler Mars
  • Hard White chalk or Dry white conte
Gain technical mastery and intuitive understanding of depicting the human form with instructor Josh Chuzi. Working from quick gesture drawings to longer, more considered poses, you will learn to incorporate proportion and anatomy; use light and shade to express volume; and line and tone to describe the planar changes in the body. Chuzi holds a Master Degree in Anatomy and Sculpture from New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D in Design, Environment, and the Arts from Arizona State University.