Introduction to Life Drawing

Michelle Ramin 
12 Sessions »
Wednesdays, September 10–December 3
(no session November 26)
7:30–10:30 pm | Studio 13 | $480

Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing is suggested as a prerequisite, but not required.

The goal of this course is to gain a heightened understanding of the relationship between the body’s various parts and features through focused observation in order to inform, investigate, and grow individual studio practices. Students will develop their technical drawing facility while considering the body’s fragmented parts in relation to the whole and the figure’s surrounding environment. Emphasis will be based on observation of the human figure as seen, explored, and drawn from life. Students will utilize previously learned drawing strategies to develop their understanding of perspective, foreshortening, composition, and use of light and shadow. Integration of concept and point of view will be encouraged throughout in-class drawings as well as for the final assignment. 

“First of all, Michelle is an excellent instructor. I felt intrinsically and extrinsically motivated to do the assignments—and often times, wanted to do more. I loved the range of media we used and at the same time, I’m curious about using more color and color-based media, like copic pens. I would love to take another class from Michelle when time and schedule allows—she has inspired me to continue developing as an artist.” –Introduction to Drawing student, 2013

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Hailing from North Central Pennsylvania by way of Portland, Oregon, Michelle Ramin received her BA from Pennsylvania State University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Ramin has exhibited locally and internationally, including at SOMArts, Southern Exposure, and Incline Gallery in San Francisco; as well as at Vanderbilt University, Nashville; Froelick Gallery, Portland; the Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas; and PR1 Gallery, Preston, United Kingdom. Ramin’s work has also been featured in San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, Beautiful/Decay, Fecal Face, and New American Paintings, and is included in the Jimenez-Colon permanent collection in Puerto Rico. Ramin was also awarded the prestigious 2014 Goldie Award for Excellence in Visual Art by San Francisco Bay Guardian. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.
Michelle Ramin
Quiet Riot, 2013
Colored pencil on paper
22 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist