What you will learn

• The Academic Method: Plumb Line, Placement, Envelope Shape and Gesture

• Measuring Proportions, establishing angles and refining shapes

• Tone and finalize shadow shapes

• Rendering forms and focus on values, edges

• Techniques for rendering: Hatching,
Line weight for emphasis, Form emphasis, Mass emphasis

• Tools and tricks for helping you see shapes and values accurately

• Proportions of the Head and Figure

• Facial Features, Hands and Feet


Class structure

In this life drawing class, students will learn a simple and effective approach for drawing the human figure. Following the academic approach, students will begin with an exploration of gesture, volumetric drawing and light theory and the various techniques used for rendering the three dimensional form. Composed of short and long poses, each student will be given ample time to study the shapes, values and edges of the figure and explore different techniques.


  • 18 x 24 smooth newsprint
  • Generals charcoal pencils, 2B, 4B
  • white charcoal pencil
  • Vine charcoal
  • flat razors for sharpening pencils
  • kneaded eraser
  • tracing paper for corrections & instructor demonstrations
  • Sand paper 100 g
  • drawing board with clips
  • Drawing stumps
  • soft flat brush