Except for a very few classes, Continuing Education classes are being taught remotely. Studio classes have live remote meetings. Basic requirements to take a class are an internet connection, computer, and an internet linked camera (like a cell phone). Most classes will be hosted through Zoom or MassArt Moonami. For specific course requirements, contact the CE office at ce@massart.edu or your instructor. New classes are being added, keep checking!

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This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

Individual attention in a supportive environment is the focus of this comprehensive figure drawing course designed for students of all levels. We will examine the works of historic and contemporary artists to understand the common principals of sound figure drawing. The foundations of gesture, proportions, and anatomical structures will be examined in the context of gender, culture and history. 

Using pencil, charcoal and pen and ink, students will learn and practice fundamental drawing techniques while exploring light and value, line and shape, foreshortening and composition. Formal and technical issues will be balanced with the practice of risk-taking and the pursuit of personal expression. Additionally, this course aims at developing critical thinking skills towards one’s own and others figurative work.

Course delivery will take place through regular Zoom teleconferencing meetings. Structured lectures covering all aspects of figure drawing will be presented regularly, each designed to inform an appreciation and practice of figure drawing. Further instruction will occur via discussion, demonstration, digital imagery and group and individual critique. Computer and Internet access required.  


Note: This class will be taught remotely at the specific times listed – see description for more information,  The class is the equivalent of Life Drawing.

Also note: This fall online version of Life Drawing is titled Figure Drawing.  Students will be registered for 2DPA-202 section 02 and the title Life Drawing will appear on each student’s grade report and transcript.

Class start date has been changed to September 9th.

This class is now in progress. Registration is no longer available. Fall registration will be available soon. Please contact ce@massart.edu.

Gerry Hoag is an artist, craftsman and designer with extensive teaching experience. He has taught at Boston University, New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art, Harvard University, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and Ringling College of Art. Gerry also spent five summers teaching in Umbria at the International School … Read more