Course Description

A drawing course developing visual awareness of the human figure. Students develop an understanding of the basic forms of the human body, how those forms are connected and move, and how to draw those forms proportionally. Students also consider how the human form relates to the world around it, developing a clear understanding of how to create a composition containing proportional figures within a space according to perspective.

Learning Outcomes

For the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Create a basic contour line drawing of a human figure, using skeletal landmarks for proportion.
  • Identify and draw major muscle groups.
  • Draw the three dimensions of a figure in a perspective space.
  • Use the elements of light and shade to create three-dimensional figures in perspective space.
  • Understand and utilize a full range of value and shadow patterns to create dimensionality.
  • Use proportion, light and shade to compose multiple three-dimensional figures in perspective space.
  • Understand and apply compositional concepts, such as Contrast, Negative Space, Balance, Rhythm, and Focal Point.
  • Understand and utilize drawing concepts and vocabulary, plus complete a portfolio of drawing projects.


The following syllabus presents the college approved course requirements, learning outcomes, suggested weekly course outline, etc. Your students should meet the defined learning outcomes and COMD Standards, but please adapt the weekly outline, project guidelines and grading scheme, as needed.

Model Course

This Model Course is an openly available, fully developed web-based instructional resource containing course info, learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, rubics, grading policy, and more.

The model course is available for cloning on the OpenLab. While logged in, click on the “Clone This Course” link. Contact the OpenLab Team with questions.

If you use Blackboard, review the Model Course content and structure for use in your Blackboard course.

Course Coordination


Name: Sara Gómez Woolley

Title: Assistant Professor Communication Design


Phone: 718-260-5327

Office: N-1126

Coordination Site

This course uses the following coordination site:

Best Practices

Please review the Best Practices. These standards apply to all courses, whether web-enhanced, hybrid, or fully online, and may be used to inform peer evaluation of teaching.

Course Resources

This course utilizes the following Open Educational Resources (OER), zero cost resources, or required textbooks:

  • Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life, George Bridgman, Sterling, April 7, 2009

Foundation Resources

Please review and share the following resources with your Foundations students.

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