The Anatomical Shape

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Jean Dominique Ingres, le bain Turc

The course in anatomy is about the appearance of the human being and how this is determined by the underlying anatomy.
We start with a general overview of proportions and construction, after that we go into the anatomy of the portrait: the characteristics of the head and neck (including the entire spine). The third block deals with the trunk in all parts of the skeleton and muscles. The fourth block covers the limbs, hands and feet. The fifth block deals with the anatomical differences between men and women, to end with the different ideals of beauty that have emerged over the centuries.
Attached to each part is a practical assignment intended to imprint the subject matter well. The executed assignment gives access to the next lesson.
In addition, an exercise program is offered, focused on looking and thinking in basic forms and various drawing techniques in charcoal and chalk, layered charcoal according to the ‘course Bargue’ and various pen and ink techniques.

Program overview

The course “The anatomical shape” is divided into 5 study blocks of 6 weeks each (or another  period in consultation)
During 5 weeks a weekly lesson with theory, an assignment and practical exercises will be sent. In the sixth week a reflection takes place in the form of a videoconference.
These are two programs in one: a theory program with practical assignments and a practical program about drawing techniques with exercises.
The assignments of the first program are discussed weekly.
The exercises if desired, but at the latest during the reflection in the sixth week of each study block.

Theory program
Every week a different aspect is dealt with, in which at the same time an assignment is given. After receiving the comment on the submitted assignment, the next lesson can be opened.

Practical exercises
The practical exercises focus on materials and techniques.
In this course various aspects of drawing techniques are discussed.

Module I:
Theory: overview
Practical exercises: looking in basic forms
  • 01. Proportions of the head
  • 02. Proportions of the figure
  • 03. Skeletal parts
  • 04. Mechanism
  • 05. Movement
  • Reflection
Module II:
Theory: Portrait
Practical exercises: various drawing techniques with chalk
  • 06. Head I – skull
  • 07. Head II – expressions
  • 08. Head III – partial shapes
  • 09. Neck
  • 10. Spine
  • Reflection
Module III:
Theory: The Torso
Practical exercises: drawing with charcoal in the Course Bargue
  • 11. Chest and Pelvis
  • 12. Muscles of the waist
  • 13. Shoulder belt I
  • 14. Shoulder belt II
  • 15. Upper arm
  • Reflection
Module IV:
Theory: Dynamics
Practical exercises: pen and ink techniques and shading
  • 16. Forearm
  • 17. Hand
  • 18. Hip belt
  • 19. Thigh
  • 20. Lower leg and foot
  • Reflection
Module V:
Theory: Expressions
Practical exercises: washed ink drawings.
  • 21. Fat
  • 22. Proportions of head (male/female)
  • 23. Proportions figure (male/female)
  • 24. Skeletal parts (male/female)
  • 25. Beauty
  • Reflection

Exercise program
This program is complemented by a practical drawing course, related to the different materials and techniques, in which the submitted assignments are discussed on a weekly basis, but also with practical exercises, which can be sent to you at your own discretion and which are further discussed during the reflections after each block of 5 weeks.

Free working periods
The study program is interrupted four times a year with a fourteen-day free work period, which coincides with the school vacations. In the summer there is a prolonged break, in which a fourteen-day international practice with a conference is also planned.

The assignments for the theory program are always sent within 4 days and are then commented weekly.
This is recommended for assignments in the training program, but margins can be maintained (e.g. to be able to use the time of the free work periods).
The practice assignments are the most important topic during the reflections at the end of each study block.