Observational Drawing: Figure

Cost: $350.00

4 Wednesday evenings, March 4 – 25, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM


In this 4-week course, students draw from a live model to study the proportion and form of the human figure. Beginning with the basics of human proportion and observing a skeleton, students "build" figures on the page by layering lines, shapes, and forms. Modalities such as gesture drawing and contour drawing create a foundation for student's to develop their drawings with increased independence. Concepts such as negative / positive space aid student's ability to see - and thus depict - proportions in drawing. This course is open to novices with some experience and those with more experience. Courageous beginners are also welcome. 

Required Materials

  • 1 pad 18” x 24” white paper drawing (Strathmore or Canson brands)
  • 2 kneaded erasers (any brand) 
  • 1 plastic white eraser (Staedtler brand) 
  • 1 metal pencil sharpener (Maped brand) 
  • 2 large binder clips (to hold pad onto drawing board) 
  • 1 set of drawing pencils including: 6H, 4H, 2H, H, F, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B (Blick brand)
  • 1 pack (set of 4) compressed charcoal (General's brand) 
  • 1 pack (set of 2) #2B Conte crayon (black only) 

Registration for this class will open on January 8th. 

Course Code: DRA10

Instructor(s): Eric Hibit

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.