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Semester 1

Performance Costume: Drawing for Character (DESI08113)







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Course Summary

This is a course focused on the visual communication of costume through the implementation of costume research, life drawing classes and the experimentation and exploration of drawing and illustrative styles. It is designed to help students express character and dress through appropriate styling and use of media within informed illustrative work. Students will begin by undertaking research on British youth subcultures of the 20th century, exploring character, expression and behavior and continue this investigation by examining youth culture and fashion from the 1950s to the present. Life drawing classes will build and develop students skills in all aspects of observing and recording the human form and expressing emotion and delineating clothing through drawing. The life drawing session will allow students to style the model in appropriate clothing sourced from their research and is designed to develop awareness of changing youth cultures and their manifestation and expression through clothing and fashion over the past 60 years. It will also build on their knowledge of different drawing techniques and develop confidence in personal drawing skills. Students will be encouraged to develop expression in their drawing through the exploration of materials for image making. This course consists of practical life drawing sessions, tutorials, and self-directed study. A portfolio of work will be required at the end of the course to demonstrate the students ability to combine informed research, life drawing and experimentation of style within more resolved visual outcomes.

Course Description

Students will build up a research portfolio of the clothing from youth cultures of the past 60 years and also research artists figurative work, learning from it about the depiction of character and form. Students will then apply their research, exploring a range of image making materials and applying a range of drawing techniques to the creation of a set of illustrations that depict the clothing and personality of characters drawn from their youth subculture research. Students will have weekly illustration and life drawing sessions with a practicing artist. Over the duration of the course students will work from costumed and life models in a variety of staged compositions. The students will build on the knowledge they have of line, tone, colour, proportion, composition and texture, and focus will be placed on helping craft these techniques into a highly personal drawing style. The course will explore a variety of drawing techniques which can be used to depict detailed textures and silhouettes; students will learn to use tonal contrasts to give drawings depth, learn to understand colour relationships and effects through painting, and learn to use collage techniques to explore shape and tone. They will also study a range of artists and their associated painting and drawing techniques, learning to incorporate their methods in their personal drawing practice. Time will be spent ensuring these skills feed into the set of illustrations inspired by their youth subculture research work. Student will develop a personal research and portfolio of drawing, creating a set of illustrations depicting character and clothing. Students will also develop a life drawing portfolio, collecting together the drawings made at life drawing sessions. At the end of this course students will submit their subculture research, character and clothing illustrations inspired by this research and a life drawing portfolio.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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