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Figure Drawing and Independent Projects
6-Session Weekend Class

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Sun., Jul. 14–Aug. 18, 1:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Code: 1K00AE

The depiction of the human form on cave walls and the rendering of the figure throughout history, across cultures, and artistic styles, underscore the significance of its continued study. For centuries, artists have focused on figurative work and themes or like ways of working often materialized. One such group known as African-American Figuration artists worked in the mid-1900s and included Jacob Lawrence and Romere Bearden to name a few. Students make use of this venerated artistic form in this course designed to help develop their skill in capturing the figure on paper.

Emphasis is placed on advanced elements of composition, anatomy, use of illusions, and finding individual artistic direction. Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure.

Open to students of all levels. Students work in the drawing medium of their choice.

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Instructor: Jamie Combs

6 sessions, 3 hours each

Smithsonian Connections

As a form of self-study, students may view the collection of figurative work by George Ault and others held in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3038/39
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines)