Foundation | Introduction to Drawing

2 Modules | 150 Days | 3 Terms Full Time

Please note the time allocate for each exercise is an approximation and not an absolute.

If you don’t achieve the goals required for each exercise you maybe required to repeat it. 

Please note this curriculum is still work in progress – we hope to have it completed before Christmas 

Module 1. Figure Drawing Introduction

You will be drawing the figure in pencil. Starting with daily block-ins, then progressing to two-week poses. The emphasis is on accurate proportion, gesture and structural design of shapes.

Exercise 1: 10 Daily Block-ins

Task

You will create ten one-day simple block-in drawings. The emphasis is on accurate proportion, gesture and structural design of shapes. If these elements are well under control, you will explore variation of line weight along the contour of the drawing. These drawings will be expected to be kept in a high key to allow for easy, large corrections to be made.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can make a memory drawing of each pose, to further enhance their understanding of the construction of the human body.

Learning

You will learn about setting up a drawing in sight-size, as well as learning about basic handling of the medium, in this case graphite (e.g how to flatten shadows, that graphite must be layered soft to hard etc.)

In addition to that, you will learn about proportion, gesture and structure and will be introduced to the basic initial order of steps to arrive at a well-proportioned drawing.

Extra attention will be given to the bony landmarks on the human body.

Materials

  • Range of pencils (2B, HB, 2H)
  • Sheet of Canson Paper
  • Clear mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
  • Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm.
  • Material use – application, flattening, pencil sharpening, sight-size, using the right grade pencil.

After this module you will have:

  • An understanding of the concept of sight-size
  • An understanding of basic proportions and bony points
  • An understanding of gesture
  • An ability to draw a basic, solid block-in
  • An understanding of basic shape design
Exercise 2 - 5 : 5 Day Drawings

Task

You will create 4 one-week simple two-value block-in drawings. The emphasis will be on what you learned in the last module. If these elements are well under control, you will explore differences in edge along the shadows and variation of line weight along the contour of the drawing.

These drawings will be expected to be kept in a high key to allow for easy, large corrections to be made.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can draw an écorché skeleton over a finished pencil drawing with tracing paper and label the parts, to further enhance their understanding of anatomy.

Learning

You will learn about proportion, gesture, structure and edge and will be introduced to the basic initial order of steps to arrive at a well-proportioned drawing. Students will also learn of possible uses of line weight variation.

Extra attention will be given to the anatomy of the human body.

Materials

  • Range of pencils (2B, HB, 2H)
  • Sheet of Canson Paper
  • Clear mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Figure drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
  • Your basic understanding of shape design, structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, edge, gesture, rhythm, line weight, and likeness.
  • Material use – application, flattening, pencil sharpening, sight-size, using the right grade pencil.

After this module you will have:

  • An advanced understanding of the concept of sight-size
  • An understanding of basic proportions and anatomy/bony points
  • An understanding of gesture
  • A basic understanding of edges
  • An understanding of how to draw using two (high-key) values, just enough to differentiate between dark and light shapes
  • An understanding of basic shape design
  • An ability to produce a solid block-in with shadow shapes
Exercise 6 - 7: 10 Day Drawings

Task

You will create two two-week simple three-value figure drawings. The key will be deepened to allow for one halftone value to read correctly. Emphasis will be on the expression of form through manipulation of edge between these three values.

These drawings will be expected to be kept in a high key to allow for easy, large corrections to be made.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can draw a ball, and turn the form using shadow shape, edge, and halftone.

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Learning

Principles of proportion, gesture, structure, line weight and edge will be reinforced. Additional challenge will be added with an extra value used for expression of form. Students will learn to prioritise information with most expressive potential and will learn that the most form expression comes from the dark halftones that link the shadow values with the light values.

Materials

  • Range of pencils (2B, HB, 2H)
  • Multiple sheets of Canson Paper
  • Clear mirror

Assessment

  • You will be expected to have mastered all the previous criteria of Exercise 2
  • A sense of form in the edge conveyed through hard and soft edges

After this module you will have:

  • An advanced understanding of the concept of sight-size
  • An understanding of basic proportions and anatomy/bony points
  • An understanding of gesture
  • A good understanding of edges
  • An understanding of how to draw using three (high-key) values, and how to suggest the form turning
  • An understanding of basic shape design
  • An ability to produce a solid pencil drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning

Module 2  Charcoal Figure Drawing Introduction

You will be drawing the figure in charcoal, starting without a background, then progressing to full value including background. The emphasis is on keying in the fullest range possible using charcoal.

Exercise 8: 10 Day value drawing with no background

Task

Using sight-size, you will create a drawing from life to the fullest value range allowed for by charcoal, without using your charcoal to create a background.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can do a value scale, using the lightest and darkest tones, and flatten this scale. Increased difficulty of this exercise can be obtained by introducing edges to your value scale.

Learning

Building on the things you have learned in Module 1, you will learn how to handle, sharpen and flatten value planes using Nitram charcoal. In addition to that, you will learn how to key, using the fullest range possible using Nitram charcoal, and how to work up the values in a drawing from the bottom of the range. You will transition into a mass drawing approach, as opposed to line drawing. The importance of keying the drawing with a value within the figure will be stressed.

At the end of this exercise you will have:

  • A basic understanding of the full value range
  • An understanding of how to key to the fullest range possible
  • An understanding of how to manipulate charcoal
  • An ability to produce a solid charcoal drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning

Materials

  • Range of charcoals of varying grades (B, HB, H)
  • Roma or Arches paper
  • Clear mirror
  • Black mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
  • Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm
  • Material use – application, flattening, charcoal sharpening, sight-size, using the right grade charcoal, as well as your use of values
Exercise 9 - 13 : 20 Day Full value drawing

Task

Using sight-size, you will create a drawing from life to the fullest value range allowed for by charcoal, including a background.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can do a range of quick charcoal value studies, to further enhance their understanding of value, and understanding of how to make things “glow”.

Learning

Lessons of proportion, gesture, structure and edge will continue to be reinforced with the added complication of a full background. The drawing will be expected to be keyed at the fullest value range possible using the skills you have learned in Exercise 1 of this Module. You will learn to subordinate and use the background to support the figure and add atmosphere to the drawing. This is the first time a full key will be introduced in the figure room. You will apply what you have learned in the cast room doing charcoal drawing.

After this module you will have:

  • A good understanding of values
  • An understanding of how to key to the fullest range possible, including a background
  • A good understanding of how to manipulate charcoal
  • An understanding of value planes
  • An ability to produce a solid charcoal drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning in an atmospheric background

Materials

  • Range of charcoals of varying grades (B, HB, H)
  • Roma or Arches paper
  • Clear mirror
  • Black mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
  • Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm
  • Material use – application, flattening, charcoal sharpening, sight-size, using the right grade charcoal, as well as your use of values.

Diploma | Advanced Drawing & Painting

4 Modules | 300 Days | 6 Terms Full Time

Module 3. Charcoal and Chalk Figure Drawing

You will be drawing the figure in charcoal, starting without a background, then progressing to full value including background. The emphasis is on keying in the fullest range possible using charcoal.

Exercise 14 - 19 : 10 and 20 Day charcoal and white chalk drawing

Task

Using sightsize, you will create a drawing from life to the fullest value range allowed for by charcoal, without using your charcoal to create a background.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can do a value scale, using the lightest and darkest tones, and flatten this scale. Increased difficulty of this exercise can be obtained by introducing edges to your value scale.

Learning

Building on the things you have learned in Module 1, you will learn how to handle, sharpen and flatten value planes using Nitram charcoal. In addition to that, you will learn how to key, using the fullest range possible using Nitram charcoal, and how to work up the values in a drawing from the bottom of the range . You will transition into a mass drawing approach, as opposed to line drawing.
The importance of keying the drawing with a value within the figure will be stressed.

At the end of this exercise you will have :

  • A basic understanding of the full value range
  • An understanding of how to key to the fullest range possible
  • An understanding of how to manipulate charcoal
  • An ability to produce a solid charcoal drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning

Materials

  • Range of charcoals of varying grades (B, HB, H)
  • Roma/Arches paper
  • Clear mirror
  • Dark mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm.
Material use – application, flattening, charcoal sharpening, sight size, using the right grade charcoal, as well as your use of values.

Module 4. Monochrome Figure Painting

You will be drawing the figure in charcoal, starting without a background, then progressing to full value including background. The emphasis is on keying in the fullest range possible using charcoal.

Exercise 20: 2 Day monochrome figure drawing mini studies

Task

Using sightsize, you will create a drawing from life to the fullest value range allowed for by charcoal, without using your charcoal to create a background.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can do a value scale, using the lightest and darkest tones, and flatten this scale. Increased difficulty of this exercise can be obtained by introducing edges to your value scale.

Learning

Building on the things you have learned in Module 1, you will learn how to handle, sharpen and flatten value planes using Nitram charcoal. In addition to that, you will learn how to key, using the fullest range possible using Nitram charcoal, and how to work up the values in a drawing from the bottom of the range . You will transition into a mass drawing approach, as opposed to line drawing.
The importance of keying the drawing with a value within the figure will be stressed.

At the end of this exercise you will have :

  • A basic understanding of the full value range
  • An understanding of how to key to the fullest range possible
  • An understanding of how to manipulate charcoal
  • An ability to produce a solid charcoal drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning

Materials

  • Range of charcoals of varying grades (B, HB, H)
  • Roma/Arches paper
  • Clear mirror
  • Dark mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm.
Material use – application, flattening, charcoal sharpening, sight size, using the right grade charcoal, as well as your use of values.

Exercise 21 - 22: 20 Day Monochrome Temperature Palette

Task

Using sightsize, you will create a drawing from life to the fullest value range allowed for by charcoal, including a background.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can do a range of quick charcoal value studies, to further enhance their understanding of value, and understanding how to make things “glow”.

Learning

Lessons of proportion, gesture, structure and edge will continue to be reinforced with the added complication of a full background. The drawing will be expected to be keyed at the fullest value range possible using the skills you have learned in Exercise 1 of this Module. You will learn to subordinate and use the background to support the figure and add atmosphere to the drawing. This is the first time a full key will be introduced in the model room. You will apply what you have learned in the cast room doing charcoal drawing.

After this module you will have:

  • A good understanding of values
  • An understanding of how to key to the fullest range possible, including a background
  • A good understanding of how to manipulate charcoal
  • An understanding of value planes
  • An ability to produce a solid charcoal drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning in an atmospheric background

Materials

  • Range of charcoals of varying grades (B, HB, H)
  • Roma/Arches paper
  • Clear mirror
  • Dark mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm.
Material use – application, flattening, charcoal sharpening, sight size, using the right grade charcoal, as well as your use of values.

Module 5. Limited Colour Palette Figure Painting

You will be drawing the figure in charcoal, starting without a background, then progressing to full value including background. The emphasis is on keying in the fullest range possible using charcoal.

Exercise 23: 1 Day colour studies

Task

Using sightsize, you will create a drawing from life to the fullest value range allowed for by charcoal, without using your charcoal to create a background.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can do a value scale, using the lightest and darkest tones, and flatten this scale. Increased difficulty of this exercise can be obtained by introducing edges to your value scale.

Learning

Building on the things you have learned in Module 1, you will learn how to handle, sharpen and flatten value planes using Nitram charcoal. In addition to that, you will learn how to key, using the fullest range possible using Nitram charcoal, and how to work up the values in a drawing from the bottom of the range . You will transition into a mass drawing approach, as opposed to line drawing.
The importance of keying the drawing with a value within the figure will be stressed.

At the end of this exercise you will have :

  • A basic understanding of the full value range
  • An understanding of how to key to the fullest range possible
  • An understanding of how to manipulate charcoal
  • An ability to produce a solid charcoal drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning

Materials

  • Range of charcoals of varying grades (B, HB, H)
  • Roma/Arches paper
  • Clear mirror
  • Dark mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm.
Material use – application, flattening, charcoal sharpening, sight size, using the right grade charcoal, as well as your use of values.

Exercise 24: 20 Day figure painting using the Zorn palette

Task

Using sightsize, you will create a drawing from life to the fullest value range allowed for by charcoal, including a background.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can do a range of quick charcoal value studies, to further enhance their understanding of value, and understanding how to make things “glow”.

Learning

Lessons of proportion, gesture, structure and edge will continue to be reinforced with the added complication of a full background. The drawing will be expected to be keyed at the fullest value range possible using the skills you have learned in Exercise 1 of this Module. You will learn to subordinate and use the background to support the figure and add atmosphere to the drawing. This is the first time a full key will be introduced in the model room. You will apply what you have learned in the cast room doing charcoal drawing.

After this module you will have:

  • A good understanding of values
  • An understanding of how to key to the fullest range possible, including a background
  • A good understanding of how to manipulate charcoal
  • An understanding of value planes
  • An ability to produce a solid charcoal drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning in an atmospheric background

Materials

  • Range of charcoals of varying grades (B, HB, H)
  • Roma/Arches paper
  • Clear mirror
  • Dark mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm.
Material use – application, flattening, charcoal sharpening, sight size, using the right grade charcoal, as well as your use of values.

Module 6. Full Colour Palette Figure Painting

You will be drawing the figure in charcoal, starting without a background, then progressing to full value including background. The emphasis is on keying in the fullest range possible using charcoal.

Exercise 25 - 31: 10 and 20 Day figure painting using the LARA full palette

Task

Using sightsize, you will create a drawing from life to the fullest value range allowed for by charcoal, without using your charcoal to create a background.

Secondary task

Students wanting to do an extra exercise can do a value scale, using the lightest and darkest tones, and flatten this scale. Increased difficulty of this exercise can be obtained by introducing edges to your value scale.

Learning

Building on the things you have learned in Module 1, you will learn how to handle, sharpen and flatten value planes using Nitram charcoal. In addition to that, you will learn how to key, using the fullest range possible using Nitram charcoal, and how to work up the values in a drawing from the bottom of the range . You will transition into a mass drawing approach, as opposed to line drawing.
The importance of keying the drawing with a value within the figure will be stressed.

At the end of this exercise you will have :

  • A basic understanding of the full value range
  • An understanding of how to key to the fullest range possible
  • An understanding of how to manipulate charcoal
  • An ability to produce a solid charcoal drawing of the human body with shadow shapes and a sense of turning

Materials

  • Range of charcoals of varying grades (B, HB, H)
  • Roma/Arches paper
  • Clear mirror
  • Dark mirror

Assessment

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

Figure Drawing – how accurate is your drawing?
Your basic understanding of structure, form, angle breaks, proportion, gesture, and rhythm.
Material use – application, flattening, charcoal sharpening, sight size, using the right grade charcoal, as well as your use of values.

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