Figure Drawing I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 243

       Course Name: Figure Drawing I

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 131 or consent of instructor or chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores structure and expressive potential of the form. Focus is on drawing from model, using various media.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Create drawings working from the nude live model.
  2. Make drawings that reflect the skeletal structure, muscular structure and skin tonality of the human body.
  3. Make drawings based on the figure in line, value, ink and wet and dry color media from a variety of long, medium and short poses.
  4. Evaluate and discuss through class critique his/her own as well as others’ art work.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Review of proportion
  2. Review of Media
  3. Capturing the essence of a pose
  4. Modifying the objective through the self.
  5. Developing a concept through time.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture/Demonstration
  2. PowerPoints
  3. Critiques

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course is taught as a face-to-face course.
  1. Studio drawing
  2. Participation in critiques
  3. Required materials

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Art supplies, per instructor

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Drawings handed in based on concept, composition and technique.
  2. Participation in critiques, revealing understanding of technical terms and aesthetic considerations.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance is required at all classes.  Missing classes will affect work produced, and consequently, final grade.

Assignments (drawings) are to be handed in on the date due to receive credit.

The art studio will be open at other times (posted) for student use.

At least three hours drawing outside of class time will be required.

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. This class might also involve the use of nude models and nudity, which is standard practice in studio art classes. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.