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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Figure Painting
Course: ART263

First Term: 2012 Fall
Lec + Lab   3 Credit(s)   6 Period(s)   5.1 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Study of the nude and clothed figure in painting with special attention upon relevant color palettes, direct and indirect figurative painting techniques, and development of anatomical knowledge and compositional structure. Students will draw upon both historical and contemporary modes of depicting the figure to develop a personalized approach to figure painting. Live models, photographs, drawings, Planes of the Head models, and the studio skeleton will be used as the basis of projects.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Execute studies and completed paintings from the live model. (I, IV)
2. Develop compositions based on original photographic materials or drawings. (II, IV)
3. Utilize flesh tone palettes and different types of underpainting techniques. (I, II, III, IV)
4. Create studies of the head with attention to anatomy, proportion and the effects of light. (I, IV)
5. Make paintings that incorporate the figure into an environment, narrative or communicate personal attitudes or experiences via figurative subject matter. (II, III)
6. Paint a self portrait or portrait based on the live model. (I, IV)
7. Discuss personal work and the work of peers both in progress and in finished state. (V)
8. Engage with instructor to discuss technical, compositional, and anatomical issues pertinent to personal work. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Painting methods
   A. Painted studies from the live model
   B. Underpainting approaches (grisaille, verdaccio)
   C. Alla prima and indirect painting approaches
II. Painting elements
   A. Design and composition
   B. Traditional and contemporary approaches to portraiture
   C. Nude and draped figure compositions
   D. Color and the figure
III. Historical and contemporary painters
   A. Classical and academic approaches to the figure
   B. 19th, 20th century and contemporary figurative artists
IV. Resources
   A. Painting from the live model
   B. Painting from drawings
   C. Painting from photographic materials
   D. Painting from an artistic mannequin head
V. Group and individual evaluation of both completed paintings and works in progress
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  6/26/2012

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