Interpreting the Figure Winter 2022

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This is a studio class where we investigate the human figure through drawing methods that include dry media, watercolor and experimental approaches. To contextualize our studio work, we will examine diverse approaches to depicting the figure across time on several cultures and continents. Through lectures, conversations with artists, and site visits that may include WCMA, the Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA and the Alaa Awad mural in North Adams, we will gain an overview of approaches, techniques, and theoretical underpinnings of some of ways the human form has been depicted over time in the west, India, South East Asia, Ancient & contemporary Egypt. In the studio, students will sometimes draw each other (clothed), but the bulk of studio time will be drawing from the nude model. Outside of class: Students will be expected to keep a drawing and watercolor sketchbook of assigned prompts and free drawing, engaging with it a minimum of 10 hours per week in addition to class hours. Required readings and film screenings will be assigned. Time commitment will be 2 3-hour studio classes per week plus 2 Friday field trips: attendance required.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 15
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: short paper and final project or presentation; students will be expected to present on an artist whose work involves the figure, as well as submit a portfolio of class drawings and a finished sketchbook
Prerequisites: some basic drawing experience suggested but not required
Enrollment Preferences: seniority
Unit Notes: Julia Morgan is an independent artist and teaches Studio Art as adjunct faculty at UMass and area colleges. She has an MFA from Vermont College.
Materials/Lab Fee: $150

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