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This Breadth subject uses life drawing to explore the human body as a subject. It will explore how we visually perceive the human body, how we think about the body and how we theorise the body within art practice.
Within the practical studio classes students will be introduced to drawing through the foundational skills of observation and drawing techniques. These skills will be developed and extended so that students are able to explore and visually articulate their observations of the human body with increasing sophistication and complexity.
Lectures will introduce the history of the human body in art, focusing on the particular role that drawing the human body has played from pre-history to the present day. This will enable students to contextualise their own drawing practice, extending their conceptual understandings of the body and drawing, and assisting towards essay preparation.
At the completion of “Life Drawing: The Body” students should have a foundational understanding of drawing practice with knowledge and skills enabling them to visually communicate the human body as a subject.
Though this subject is designed for students who have little or no previous art making experience, it will also suit students who have previously undertaken a visual art Breadth subject or similar.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of, and productively apply, the knowledge and skills required to effectively represent the figure from direct observation of life models, and through further studio-based experimentation;
- demonstrate an applied effort and positive development in the skills required to effectively represent the figure (drawings to be dated so that development can be observed in the final folio);
- explore, articulate and critically analyse (during class, in the visual diary and in writing) the ways in which the human body has existed in both historic and contemporary art, and how artistic production and drawing can be used to examine the body in various contexts.
On completing this subject students will be able to:
- display an awareness of the graphic possibilities of a variety of concepts, materials and practices;
- exhibit evidence of skill development both pictorially and technically as a means of independent image making;
- indicate evidence of individual research in the relevant area of practice;
- demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
- demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving;
- demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.
Last updated: 26 March 2020