Figure Drawing II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 253

       Course Name: Figure Drawing II

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 243 or consent of instructor or department chair

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course advances further development of structural and compositional skills in figure drawing.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Student will create drawings working from the nude live model.
  2. Student will do drawings that reflect fully developed and correctly proportioned figures.
  3. Student will experiment with different and mixed media drawing approaches.
  4. Student will develop a sense of self and style through ongoing drawing practice.
  5. Student will experiment with advanced art element concerns such as: scale, expressionism and abstraction.
  6. Student will evaluate and discuss, through class critique, his/her own as well as others’ artwork.

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. Anatomical referencing
  2. Development of media in new directions and combinations
  3. Modifying the objective through the self
  4. Developing a concept through time
  5. Relating one's work to the culture

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture/Demonstration
  2. Power Points and related visual examples
  3. Critiques

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Studio drawings
    Two (2) finished drawings in each of the following medium
    • Pencil – contour line
    • Charcoal – gesture
    • Charcoal – blended value study
    • Conté – blended value study (one (1) on toned paper)
    • Pen and Ink – contour line
    • Pen and Ink – value study/cross-hatching
    • Brush and Ink – calligraphic study
    • Color – wet, i.e. watercolor or dry, i.e. pastel
  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, technique. Approximately 75% of grade.
  2. Participation in critiques, revealing understanding of technical terms and aesthetic considerations. Approximately 25% of grade.

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 if credit is to be given.

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

At least three (3) hours drawing outside of class time will be required.

Make-up exams, incomplete grades, late assignments are at the discretion of the instructor.

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.