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This practice-based drawing subject focuses on developing skills and techniques in figurative drawing. It is designed for students who have little or no experience in visual art making. Students will be introduced to specialist figurative drawing techniques through working from both life models and from anatomical specimens within the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. Lectures and writing tasks that explore the human figure in historic and contemporary visual art will complement the drawing program. By the end of the subject, students should have developed a comprehensive folio of exercises and finished works exploring the body in both its living and preserved states, and highlighting the ways in which artistic practice can be used to examine these conditions.
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 both from direct observation of life models and anatomical specimens, 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 can be used to examine the body in both living and preserved states.
On completing this subject, students should 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; and
- demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.
Last updated: 8 April 2020