Figure Drawing

The act of drawing from the live human form can feel intimidating. The key to success lies in a sound understanding of the creative problem solving process, in combination with an acknowledgment and recognition of one's own "creative DNA." To aid in these endeavors, this class balances studio exercises with supplemental discussions, presentations, readings, and a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In addition, the instructor will address figurative art history; recent research done on the creative workings of the human mind; and historical inquiry into classical ideas regarding education.

Through this rich approach, students will discover a personal means of depicting the figure with accuracy, sensitivity, and expression. Initial studio time will be spent on a series of brief exercises devised to develop both observational skills and the ability to draw the figure proportionately in a limited amount of time. Successive sessions will cover topics such as composition, perspective, anatomy, and the concept of the critique, as more in-depth processes are applied to longer poses. / Materials fee of $26 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.

Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; 18" x 24" newsprint pad; soft vine (not willow) charcoal; kneaded eraser. A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

What to wear: Dress in layers, as the room is kept warm for model comfort.

Please Register Before: September 6
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSFA 3303 FA19
Date Start: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Date End: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30–9:30 p.m
Morrison Building, Room M109
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above
Days of Week: 
Drawing and Painting
Previous drawing experience.