Drawing, figure drawing and sketching courses at Cogswell College

Drawing and Sketching Courses

SKETCHING

Introduction to the fundamentals of drawing. Perceptual skills and the use of line, shade, perspective, ad composition. Students learn and practice these skills by working independently three hours per week. May be repeated once for credit with recommendation from the Instructor.

FIGURE DRAWING 1

Life drawing from unclothed models. Students study proportion, volumes, light and shade, simple anatomy of the human form, and develop a basic understanding of the figure in motion. Students learn and practice these skills by working independently three hours per week.

FIGURE DRAWING 2

A continuation of Figure Drawing 1. Life Drawing from unclothed models. Study of proportion, volumes, light and shade, and simple anatomy of the human form. May be repeated once for credit with recommendation from the instructor.

PERSPECTIVE AND RENDERING

In-depth study of perspective and the application of light and dark values to geometric forms to convey a sense of form. Students learn to create core shadows and shadow projections to achieve believable grounding in space and they examine the color of shadow and light. Rapid visualization techniques are used to create the desired shape and material finish.

ANIMAL DRAWING AND MOTION

This class takes the basics of core animation and illustration courses and applies them to the practice of drawing animals through zoo trip and in class lesson and projects. Topics include emphasis on gesture, constructive drawing and proportion of selected animal as well as stride and motion patterns. Students will complete 10 to 30 second traditional animation final or illustrated book involving their chosen animal.

DRAWING ANIMATION 1

Introduces the principles of animation drawing: gesture, simplified geometric construction for anatomy, technique to capture movement and weight. Students develop the graphic language to maximize expression and movement for animation and learn methods for using line to convey overlap, form, torque/compression, and the line of action.