This class is centered around understanding the figure from a gestural and structural perspective. We’ll place a heavy emphasis on feeling both the movement and weight of the figure, aiming at representing the body as a three-dimensional entity in space. Initial lectures will focus on gesture, a basic system of proportions and seeing the body as a series of geometric solids. Once students have a basic grounding in the overall structure of the body, we’ll discuss individual body parts. Our focus will be on both anatomical realities and useful simplified diagrams. As we progress through the curriculum, we’ll also discuss tactile form rendering and basic multi-figure composition. The ultimate aim of the course is to arm students with the knowledge needed to draw figures confidently both from life and from imagination.