Hello Class-

It seems unbelievable but here we are in the final stretch of the semester!

Week 14 is this Friday 12/8!

Remember DUE week 14 are your Final Portfolio & Sketchbook 

( However, as we were at the museum this past week I am granting an extension to both, see below! )


Final Sketchbook  (20% of final grade)

Students may drop of Sketchbooks at the end of this week’s class for review.

* Should students wish additional time they may choose an Openlab sketchbook submission.  If this is done your 4+ sketchbook pages per week must be uploaded to openlab, with the correct category tagged.   If pages are dark , blurry, or difficult to find as they were tagged incorrectly, this will negatively impact your grade.


Portfolio Review (25% of final grade)

Students Select 5-6 best Drawings and 1 Early Semester drawing for comparison.

Students are required to submit a portfolio of their classwork, homework, and  with dates and assignment noted on the back of drawings.

Portfolios should not consist of sketchbook drawings.  Students are welcome to draw new figure drawing, portfolio pieces outside of class to supplement their portfolios in addition to classwork and homework drawings.

Portfolios will be collected on the last day of class.

Portfolios will available for return during office hours Spring 18.


Final Project ( 20% of final grade)

Remember your final project is a drawing including at least one human figure in a setting, and incorporating additional design elements of your choice.

The final result can be fantastical, surreal, or totally realistic, that is UP TO YOU,  but you must create a sense of realism, using as all of the skills we learned in class such as: perspective, a full range of value, and accurate proportion.  It should be drawn at your highest level of finish on toned paper.

For some extra inspiration look at Contemporary Figurative Art .

DUE for in class presentation 12/ 15.

Each student will give a short (3 minutes plus Q & A ) presentation on their art piece.

Tell us…

  • Name of the piece.
  • Show your reference.
  • Explain your inspiration.
  • Describe your processes and techniques.
  • Explain challenges and how you worked through them.




Museum Tour and Final Project

Hello class-

We will enter museum together and from that point can split into groups based on interest.  Remember we are looking to draw the human figure in a setting.  Good galleries for this would be those featuring sculpture of the human form.  Greek and Roman, European Arts and Sculpture, and Asian art all are good choices.  You may choose to combine any design elements you see or feel inspired by, as long as you make it look realistic.  Remember you’ll be drawing on toned paper “.

Take the time in each gallery to view the work, and read the information written about the work. Then shoot reference photos to prepare yourself for drawing your final project at home.

Remember your final project is a drawing of a location of your choice including at least one human figure, and incorporating design elements of your choice.  The final result can be fantastical or totally realistic, but you must use perspective, a full range of value, as well as all of the skills we learned in class to create a sense of realism. It should be drawn at your highest level of finish.

Take time in each gallery to plan your composition. Take photos of all the details you plan to draw.

Finally post a photo of yourself in location you will be drawing along with a quick sketch ( approximately 4″x5″) of your composition, and write a short blog post explaining why you chose that location, to OPENLAB.

This is due for review by the morning 12/ 7, 9 am latest.

Be sure to bring your reference photos and work in progress to class on 12/8.