Portfolio Preparation: Life Drawing and Painting
This course focuses on drawing and painting the human figure. Emphasis is placed on understanding and conceptualizing the body as form in space, while considering the figure as an element of composition. Using traditional drawing materials, volumetric drawing serves as the foundation for further study. Students explore painting techniques and concepts through the use of acrylic paint. Advice and direction is provided to those students preparing a portfolio for Otis or other college art programs. Includes a guest lecture by a counselor from Otis’ Admissions Office who offers information on college requirements.
Prerequisite: Basic Drawing or equivalent experience
First class meeting: Smooth newsprint and/or bond paper (18"x24"); 18”x24” drawing board. Assorted pencils: soft charcoal, “carbon”, dark pastel, dark colored pencils (Prismacolor or Poly-Chromos). “Soft” compressed charcoal sticks; Nupastel stick (earth tone). Assorted blending “stumps” and tortillons; kneaded rubber eraser; razor blades or retractable razor knife; 1 piece #100 grit sandpaper; chamois. Materials list for painting supplies will be distributed at first meeting.
• All students attending courses on the Goldsmith Campus must check in with Continuing Education staff in the lobby of the Ahmanson Building.
• All Portfolio Preparation students are required to submit a completed Pre-College Programs Emergency Contact Information Form and Policies and Procedures Acknowledgement of Receipt (last page) prior to admittance into the classroom. Students will not be permitted to attend without this.
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