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Upper East Side, Manhattan
5 E 89th St
Btwn 5th & Madison Avenues
New York, New York 10128
Fee includes $50 one time registration fee
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Class Level: All levels
Average Class Size: 15
Teacher: Eric March

What you'll learn in this anatomy drawing class:

Learn a structural approach to drawing the figure that builds on the underlying anatomical structures of the body. Learn to use body landmarks, plane changes, and the inner "axis" of forms to create more solid and well-understood depictions of the figure. Illustrated lectures and demonstrations focusing on particular parts of the body will introduce important bone, muscle, and plane information.
  • Q1 covers the "core forms" of the body: pelvis, torso, and skull and the muscles that tie these forms together. 
  • Q2 covers the head, shoulders, and the features of the face. In the spring, 
  • Q3 covers the extremities: arms, hands, legs, and feet. 
  • Q4 covers proportional systems, the figure in perspective, approaches to drawing the figure from imagination, and other applied anatomy topics

Q: Is there a work-study program available?
A: The school does have a Work-Study program, however, this is subject to availability of space in the class. The National Academy School of Fine Arts does not provide housing for students.

Q: Is lodging for foreign students provided? 
A: The National Academy School of Fine Arts does not provide housing for students.

Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one? 
A: No, unfortunately missed classes can not be made up unless the class is canceled by the school.

Q: Are materials provided and included in the cost of the class?
No, the fee includes only the $50 first time registration fee. Alternating drawing in pencil or charcoal is recommended for this class that includes short lectures and demonstrations. 

Pencil Drawing:
  • Pencil: H, HB, 2B, 4B (2 of each) and a pencil sharpener 
    Using “lead holders” or “architect’s pencils” -2mm mechanical pencils (made by Kohinoor, among other companies) that are easier to maintain than regular wood pencils is recommended. They require a special rotary lead pointer sharpener. 
  • Strathmore 400 Series 18” x 24” “Drawing” Pad
    You could also try loose paper: 
    Bristol Plate Smooth Finish (2 or 3 ply), Rives BFK, abriano Classico
    Newsprint is not recommended 
Charcoal Drawing:
Charcoal is a great medium that works very well for setting up value relationships quickly. The different kinds of charcoal serve different purposes in the stages of a drawing. 

Charcoal paper has a tooth to it that helps the charcoal “stick” to the paper. 
  • Medium or soft vine charcoal sticks (8-12 sticks) 
  • General's Charcoal Pencils: HB, 2B, 4B (2 of each) 
  • General's White Charcoal Pencil or other White 
Pastel Pencil:
  • Canson Mi-Teinte Pastel Paper (It comes in a variety of colors of 25.5" x 19.5" sheets
    Get either medium-value blue or grey colors of paper, 3-5 sheets.) Work on the smoother side of the paper. 
  • Sanding pad (for sharpening charcoal pencils and vine charcoal)
    Highly recommend: Nitram Sanding Block over the regular small sandpaper block.( 
  • Drawing board. 28” x 22” or around that size.
    Your board should be larger than your paper size. Often just going to a lumberyard and getting a piece of 1/8” Masonite cut down to size is the best-and cheapest-way to get one. (They also sell drawing boards in art stores that come equipped with handle-holes and built in clips that can make it hard to use the board. A simple flat piece of Masonite is better.)
You may want to have a sketchbook to take notes.

To receive a full refund, students must notify us at least twelve days prior to the first day of classes. Refunds are made in the same form as the payment within thirty days. Students requesting a refund prior to the second class will receive a 75% refund applied to school credit only. No refunds will be made after the second class. There is a $15 administrative fee for each refund.
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