Anatomy and Life Drawing – The Art Students League

Anatomy and Life Drawing

Peter Cox

Class Description

The human body is a trade-off between structural sturdiness and maneuverability. The design of the body’s muscles, bones, and joint are a magnificent compromise between stability and mobility. And since stability is necessary for our movement through space, the need to be balanced at all times ultimately determines the design of these bones, muscles, and joints. Even when standing still, the body is a “moving response” of balance against the force of gravity. Our approach in this class will be to explain the incredible phenomenon of the human body in line and value. Our goal will be to develop a useful, simplified, inner language of anatomy that automatically sees, feels, and captures this blend of balance and movement em- bedded in the posture of a live model in a fixed pose. In addition to drawing the model, there will be lectures, demonstrations, and discussions of all areas affecting “life drawing.’

This includes not only anatomy, but ergonomics, classical sculpture, balance, movement, perspective, and gait analysis. By explaining the body, as opposed to copying it, we can reach a plateau where accuracy of line and tone intersects with the sensual perception of a truly balanced and dynamic figure.

About the Instructor

In addition to ten solo shows in New York and numerous shows in other parts of the country, Peter Cox has lectured and given workshops at Syracuse University, the Arnot Museum, and the Portrait Society of America. He has taught in New York City at the Art Students League, the National Academy, and the New York Academy. His work is represented in many private collections, as well as the Redding Museum, the Arkansas Art Center, the National Academy of Design, and the National Arts Club. Awards, reviews, and magazine articles on his work are available online.

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