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Lesson Plans

Re: Figure Drawing

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Wed, 1 Jul 1998 17:04:42 EDT

I have been teaching figure drawing to adults for over a year. My usual
technique has been to study the bones and muscles first--something that the
younger ones probably would be bored with (yet try for a science credit!)
Then I get out "woody" --the wooden model with a stick up his rear. We also
learn hands and feet. Then we have live models in their scivees.

For kids--and adults- I would recommend using the circle drawing books made
for kids. That is t he BEST approach for understanding how the figure
operates--in circular connections. The axis line that usually defines the
spine, in conjunction to the ribs and the hips is necessary to understand
proper movement. Those are the first things I draw. Also use
proportions--typical human is anywhere from 6 1/2 to 8 heads long (breast
line, navel, pubic bone, upper knee, shin, foot).

Another idea I have to bring in art history/ appreciation is to draw on
tracing paper over some master's work using the above tools.
Also try pressurization for the line work that contours the body--really adds
to the movement.
Good Luck------Maria