Life Drawing

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Essential Questions: 

Why draw the human body?

Why is understanding proportion essential to a successful life drawing?

Why does drawing the skeleton assist life drawing?



Habits Of Mind: 






Starting with ten, one minute gesture drawings, student will draw the figures.  The quick drawing forces students to focus on the figure and not be self-conscience.

Increase time from five to ten minutes.  Move on up to fifteen minutes or longer as the class needs.

Add lights and introduce shaddow and contrast as students are able.

Skills and Processes: 

 Students draw from a model for ninty minutes.


Students view their work and decide the accuracy of proportion, composition and shading when working with the model.

Critique student work as a class.  Have a conversation with the group about proportion and composition.



Use of a professional model from Willamette Models' Guild

Pencil, charcoal, paper

Look at examples of artist life drawing: Degas, Dali, Da Vinci, etc.

The Catlin Gabel Library has many books with examples, or you can use Google Images to search online.



Multicultural Dimension: 

Life drawing imphasizes the similarities but the physical differences between humans.  It is the foundation of working with the human form. 

Integrated Learning: 

Integrated learning with science is the most obvious.  We always draw the skeleton which is located within the science building.  We also display the drawings in the science building.