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ARTS 2613

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Figure Drawing   
Prerequisite(s)   ARTS 1610 or permission of the department chair    
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course explores drawing of the human form. Students will draw from a live model to become familiar with the structural, anatomical, design, and expressive elements of the human figure. A variety of media and techniques will be used.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:

1. Render the human figure naturalistically and expressively using drawing strategies which include:
a. contour drawing
b. gesture drawing
c. visualization and the dramatic utilization of negative space
d. sighting techniques
e. the use of a variety of shading and modeling techniques.
f. the study of skeletal anatomy
g. the study of the muscular system of the human body
2. Use a variety drawing media (including but not limited to pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, colored pencil, pen and ink, ink washes, collage) in mastering their understanding of the human form
3. Demonstrate their knowledge of the figurative works of master artists throughout history and use them as inspiration and guides to the student's own work
4. Explore new directions and styles as compared to the student's previous word
5. Create a portfolio of completed work to demonstrate all of the above professionally presented and documented with slides.

General Education Outcomes   
1. The student will learn to see and interpret the human figure clearly through extensive drawing from the model. In this way they will master the human form and be able to translate images onto paper through drawing in a variety of media and styles.
2. The student will realize drawing the human figure as an art form in its own right.
3. The student will understand the essential role of drawing the human figure and its relationship to all other art media including painting, sculpture, photography, and video.
4. The student will gain an understanding of the relevance of the human form to the broader world of art and the many stylistic developments which occur throughout time.
5. The student will gain an understanding of and an appreciation for the discipline and dedication required to be an artist.

Course Content   
1. This course offers an introduction to the fundamental aspects of the human figure, and its role in the history of art. An understanding of the design principles is intensified through the study of the model. The means used for seeing and translating the human figure will include working in a variety of media, and the rigorous analysis of the figure both compositionally and anatomically. Experimental approaches to structural and conceptual issues involving the human figure will also be explored through class assignments.
2. Supplementary study will be accomplished by means of examples shown to students in slides, books, films, and museum/gallery visits.
3. There will be group critiques for each assigned project as well as private consultations with each student about their work.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Assessment will be determined by the quality and completion of all work assigned to the student. The ability to verbalize concepts will be assessed during critiques. Grades will be determined by the instructor's assessment of:
a. the student's competence in technical skills and processes,
b. the aesthetic value of the work produced,
c. the student's participation and cooperation in class (critiques, group projects, individual responsibilities, and mandatory attendance)
d. the completion of assigned work both in and out of class
e. the student's assemblage of the semester's assignments in a professionally presented portfolio
The instructor will give each student written information as to the course description, course objectives (expected educational outcomes), and the percentage values of each assignment toward the determination of the student's grade. This information shall be in the form of a syllabus and given to the students during the first week of class.
Portfolio reviews function as the primary means of evaluation of students seeking acceptance into upper level courses at four-year institutions. Therefore, the student's portfolio serves as a primary instrument for assessment by the instructor and the department. The student builds a portfolio of work in each course. Outstanding works from each course are then chosen for inclusion in the students professional portfolio. Students are taught proper presentation of their work (matting and framing, etc.) as well as documentation of work (slides) in order to present a professional body of work.
Student portfolios are reviewed by the instructor at the end of each semester to determine the student's grade and to conform that the student has realized the expected educational outcomes for that course. Because of the favorable student-teacher ratio in studio art courses here at Georgia Perimeter College, as well as the numerous contact hours required for each class, instructors are able to individually guide and critique students, suggesting strategies to achieve the objectives for the course.
Each spring the entire visual arts faculty review works submitted by the students for inclusion in the Student Art Exhibition. An important part of this process is that all members of the art faculty see work produced by each class on an annual basis. The faculty discusses strengths and weaknesses of the work being created in each course, suggesting methods for improving the student work being produced. Formal recommendations from this review will be considered annually with the department chair (for more specific information, please see below, use of assessment findings).
Another means of assessment shall be our department's documentation of Georgia Perimeter College students' acceptance into four-year institutions. A Georgia Perimeter College visual art faculty member (specifically, the Visual Arts Coordinator) meets annually with all the department chairs from the Regent's System in our "State of the Arts Conference." Issues addressed at this meeting include our curriculum, the quality of our student's work and suggestions for improvements in our program.
A departmental file of instructor syllabi shall be kept in order to fortify the collaborative nature of the visual arts faculty in determining the most effective and innovative teaching and learning opportunities available through this course.
A photographic documentation of student works produced in this class will be kept and used as instructional support for future classes. They may also be used for general public relations and recruitment purposes to present the quality of instruction at Georgia Perimeter College.
In the interest of the student's artistic development, public relations, and community support, every opportunity to display the work produced by the students will be made. The annual Student Art Exhibition presents an opportunity for exposure to the work being produced in this course both campus-wide and to the community at large. During this exhibit, and at any other time deemed necessary, the Departmental Chair will meet individually and as a group with all instructors who taught sections of this course during the year to review the results and consider modifications in the course content or needed improvements in the teaching of various components of the course. All such recommendations shall be documented and implemented for strengthening the course.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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