Designed for students interested in the foundation of figure drawing, this course will focus on observing the male and female nude, and rendering these observations to an 18x24'' picture plane. What is often thought of as the most complex discipline will be explained and simplified through a hands-on approach. How do you capture gesture, motion, volume and balance? We start with several five-minute poses sketched on newsprint paper and move toward 20-minute poses to produce polished drawings that will include light and shading. At the beginning of each session, student work will be reviewed and discussed. We will work from soft charcoal sticks and graphite pencils (6B to 9B) to using ink wash and introducing color. We will also explore contemporary artists such as Alice Neel, Jenny Saville and Lucian Freud. NOTE: Please bring drawing and newsprint pads (18x24''), soft charcoal of differing thickness, pencils (6 to 6B), a kneaded eraser and a soft vinyl eraser to the first session.