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Being Human: Figure Works

The human figure is perhaps the greatest vehicle for expression available to artists. In fact, there has been a resurgence among artists to place the beauty and complexity of the human form in context with emotional states in natural and surrealistic settings. With the figure as central theme, students utilize realistic drawing and painting methods to visually describe what it means to be human, with our collective thoughts, fears, passions and dreams. Through study of the nude model, human skeleton, natural objects and animal specimens from the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, students strengthen their fundamental realistic rendering skills. We explore methods of achieving proportion, form, light and compositional balance. Students begin with drawing media, and then transition to water media, as they create art that places the figure with natural elements in a purposeful context to convey a deeper, symbolic meaning. The goal is a personal, artistic work that conveys the story of being human. This course accommodates varying levels of ability, from beginning to advanced.

Course #1302
Amy Bartlett Wright

Schedule B
June 27–Aug 2, 2019
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/4)

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Amy Bartlett Wright

Amy Bartlett Wright: BA, University of Maryland; Certificate, Scientific and Technical Illustration, RISD/CE. An accomplished muralist and scientific illustrator, Wright has painted commissions for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Museum of Science Boston. Her painted murals are public art in the City of Providence at Coastway Bank, Save the Bay Environmental Center, Hasbro Children's Hospital and Roger Williams Park Zoo, and she was the 2014 Thanksgiving card artist for Amica Insurance. She won an "Honorable Mention" for her oil painting at Providence Art Club Open Painting Exhibition in 2014. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists and Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She was a 2009-2010 RISD|CE Teacher of Excellence.