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Open Drawing

The Department of Visual Art offers Open Drawing classes one to two times per month while classes are in session. Workshops are FREE and open to anyone who wants to draw the figure.

Drawing the human figure in its various shapes and positions is an important activity for all visual artists. Figure drawing, the process of drawing the human body from observation of a live model, is arguably the most difficult subject an artist commonly encounters, and entire semester-length classes are devoted to the subject.

One of the most enduring themes in the visual arts, figure drawing is important practice for the genres of portraiture, cartooning and comic book illustration, sculpture, medical illustration, and other fields that use depictions of the human form. Figure drawing can be done very simply, as in gesture drawing, or in more detail, using charcoal, pencil, or other drawing tools. If pigment is used, the process may be referred to as figure painting.

It is beneficial for artists to draw a wide range of human forms, therefore, not all models will be young and in great shape. Many of the best models are older, even elderly. Models run the gamut from skinny to heavy. Generally, an artist wants to draw a variety of body types.

High school students are required to bring a signed Parental Waiver Form (pdf) to their first class.

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