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Drawing and Painting 4

This course is a continuation of previous courses, with a focus on figure drawing and painting.  Student will explore learning experiences that encompass art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and production.  They will study various drawing and painting styles throughout history the emphasize figure drawing and painting.

Gesture Drawing

Gestural drawing  refers to capturing the movement and form through making marks on a surface.  For instance, marks might be continuous, linear, and curving, or crisp, short, and straight.  The detail of the subject is minimal, because the focus is on overall shape, proportion, movement, and character.  Media - Pencil  and charcoal.

Expression in Charcoal

Students will look at works of art done in charcoal from various artists.  Due to the nature of charcoal, students will capitalize on the "messiness" of this medium and use it to their advantage.  Students will use what they've learned about the quick strokes of gesture drawing in a way that brings emphasis, expression, and emotion to their composition. 


Dramatic Lighting

Media -Color pencil on black illustration board.

Dramatic lighting is a style that has  high contrast and either hard edges or a fade into the background.  The face in a dramatic lighting portrait is starkly sculpted and can create a definitive mood or expression, often serious or sinister.

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Painted Figure/Portrait: Depicting Mood through Color and Style

Students will paint a portrait or figure with oil paint on canvas board.  The subject, point of view, color choices, and paint application should all reflect a specific mood or emotion.  Each of these factors will make an ordinary figure become extraordinary.

Foreshortening of the whole figure

Media - Pencil on paper.

Foreshortening occurs when an object appears compressed when seen from a particular viewpoint, and the effect of perspective causes distortion. Foreshortening is a particularly effective artistic device, used to give the impression of three-dimensional volume and create drama in a picture.


Hyperrealism is a genre of painting, drawing,  and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph.  Students will choose a subject. They may approach any part of the body - portrait, eye, hands, feet, etc.  Students may choose the media that they  feel most comfortable with and will be represent hyperrealism. 

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