32) Figurative Sketching

  • Students will learn how to visually deconstruct human figures, in simple basic three-dimensional geometric forms. To understand how to visually interpret them, in terms of how the figure is anatomically connected and how it all parts work in relation to one another.
  • Proceeding to Render and reconstruct the human figure in accordance with the base of geometrical forms underneath. The aim of this comparison is to reveal the difference in our perception of the human figure in relation to anatomical correctness, and how can the user find a middle ground between their own skill, perception, and accurate enough representation of figures.
  • The class actively engages students to keep drawing and practicing the techniques taught each session. Including homework which students are expected to turn in in the following session, that exhibits the students continued practice and attempted refinement of methods taught in class. Students will also be engaging in a class critique and discussion regarding their homework submissions, the feedback aims to help give participants other perspectives and proposed solutions on alternative ideas and suggestions they could try to help in their figurative construction and execution process. 
  • Participants will then move on to applying their learned techniques to drawing figures in motion and different moving poses.
  • An outdoor field trip for students where they will be engaging in drawing moving people, the aim is to quickly capture the basic form of the body while the subject is still in view, then fill in anatomical details as representationally and accurately as possible.
  • Finally, each participant should be able to draw a stationary or moving human figure pose from memory utilizing the collection of techniques taught in class.

Class Outline

Course Structure:

First session: Deconstruction and reconstruction of human figure (standing pose)

• Deconstruction of human figure into abstract 3D geometrical shapes.

• Reconstruction and layering of human figure in accordance to 3D form base.

• Comparison with drawn figures and actual subject, the aim is for each participant to understand how they perceive figures in relation to their drawing style, and skill. Then working around ways improve certain areas or issues in their drawing, to achieve close enough correct anatomic representation.

• Participants will be assigned homework in the form of drawing 3 standing figures, with the underneath geometric forms showing.

 

Second Session: Class review and dissections of assignments + fixing sketches

• Class review, critique, and dissections of assignments, including participant original reference image and what parts did they find most challenging to draw. Then feedback from the class members and instructor.

• The second hour of the class includes redrawing and/or fixing assignment sketches by applying different approach or feedback from peers. And/ or Making new drawings.

 

Third Session: Drawing moving, sitting, and laying down poses

• Drawing different poses (moving, sitting, and laying down), by applying and experimenting with methods taught and practiced in pervious class. The aim is for students to understand how the human body can move, and the relation of all its parts to the whole pose.

• Participants will be assigned homework in the form of drawing 3 figures in different poses (not standing), with the underneath geometric forms showing.

 

Fourth Session: Class review and dissections of assignments + fixing sketches

• Class review, critique, and dissections of assignments, including participant original reference image and what parts did they find most challenging to draw. Then feedback from the class members and instructor.

• The second hour of the class includes redrawing and/or fixing assignment sketches by applying different approach or feedback from peers. And/ or Making new drawings.

 

Fifth Session: Field trip and drawing live figures

• Outdoor trip where participants will be drawing moving figures.

• Quick representational anatomically accurate figure drawings, though the techniques taught in previous sessions.

 

Six Session: Class review and dissections of assignments + fixing sketches

• Class review, critique, and dissections of assignments, including participant original reference image and what parts did they find most challenging to draw. Then feedback from the class members and instructor.

• The second hour of the class includes redrawing and/or fixing assignment sketches by applying different approach or feedback from peers. And/ or Making new drawings.

 

• Seven Session: Drawing human figures from imagination

• At this point students, should be able to draw a variety of human figure poses from the understanding of the techniques and practice of how parts of the human figure function in relation to the whole.

• Making 10-20 drawings by utilizing the techniques practiced in the course.

 

Eight Session: Class review and dissections of assignments + fixing sketches

• Class review, critique, and dissections of assignments, including participant original reference image and what parts did they find most challenging to draw. Then feedback from the class members and instructor.

• The second hour of the class includes redrawing and/or fixing assignment sketches by applying different approach or feedback from peers. And/ or Making new drawings.

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Student Materials-  Pencils (any B grade graphite), charcoal, eraser (rubber and/ or putty), black pen (ball pen and/ or artist drawing pen), and A3 + A4 sketchbooks.
Classroom Materials-

Pencils (any B grade graphite), charcoal, eraser (rubber), black pen (ball pen and/ or artist drawing pen), and A2, A3 sketchbook.

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Participants must buy their own materials

Start
Mon, 15 Oct, 2018
End
Mon, 3 Dec, 2018
Lessons
8
Days
Mondays
Time
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location
VCUQatar, Room 255/ one session outside VCUarts Qatar
Cost
QAR 950/-

Instructor

Nourbanu Feras Hijazi

MFA in Design, from Virginia Commonwealth University of the Arts in Qatar, Qatar, 2018.
BFA in Fine arts and Design, University of Sharjah, UAE, 2015. 

Nourbanu is an artist and designer, her artworks are aimed at exploring the human condition, specifically internal conflicts and mortality. Examining these elements from a philosophical and psychological perspective, though surreal and mythological themes. Playing with the contrast of childish and bright colored drawings, that on closer inspection depict grim narratives. Investigating these concepts through a combination of painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media, via illustration, and representational abstract art.

She is based in Doha, Qatar. She has worked with galleries and museums in Doha, Lebanon, and the UAE. As different roles including artist assistant, researcher, curator assistant, and tour guide. Exhibiting her artworks at international and national galleries. She has experience in conducting education painting and drawing sessions to the public.