School of Art


ART 4889 Advanced Figure Drawing

Professor Kelli Scott Kelley’s advanced figure drawing studio borrowed animal specimens from the LSU Museum of Natural History (110 Foster Hall) for their final drawing project. Steven Cardiff and Dr. Frederick Sheldon generously offered a fox, an otter, an owl, a deer head, and a seagull for the students to use to create sets for their figure drawings. The students worked with Professor Kelley to create a dramatic tableau with two live—nude—female models, drapery, dramatic lighting, and the animals. Students made their drawings by working directly from the scene. The juxtaposition of figures and animals offered the students many possibilities for creating interesting artworks. Formal relationships between the figures and animals were considered. Many students created pieces that explored narrative or symbolic meaning implied by the images. The students were thrilled to have the opportunity to work from the complex setup to make creative, original artworks.