Academic Drawing

Introduction to the academic and compositional drawing


Osamu Giovanni Tanimoto

Contatto (Contact Information):



200 hours in total;
100 hours with the instructors 100hours of individual works

Make sure to check the academic calendar because the timetable of this course varies each week to have the maximum space for the course and make use of the morning hours for lessons. Below it’s general information.

Monday to Thursday.,4 times a week, 3 hours each. 6th to the 19th of October: 9:00- 12:00.
20th of November to 2nd of December: 14:00-17:00

(From 5th of November, Thursday lessons always take place in the morning; 9:00-12:00)

Descrizione del course(Course description);

This course is designed to prepare students to move onto sculpture or painting program. First, students will learn the laws of drawing to recreate the light, the forms, the movements within the space in right relationships to each other. Students start with geometrical forms, cast drawings of heads, each facial feature from the David of Michelangelo, drapery study and then move onto live model portraits, study of hands and feet from life.

Students will have individual hours for cast drawings and for their original compositions. It is highly recommended to take the anatomy course with Anthony Visco if you are not familiar with the subject. The works from the course of Anthony Visco, in this case, will substitute some of your individual works from this course.

Students need to finish all the drawings from the course, one original composition and one master copy. Students will pass this course if this objective is achieved.

Sacred Art School -Firenze, Autumn, 2015.

Sacred Art School -Firenze, Autumn, 2015.

Risultati attesi (Learning outcomes):

By the end of this course, students will:
1. be familiar with the law of showing the form with the help of tones. 2. be familiar with steps for creating their own composition.
3. gain the knowledge that is necessary for drawing a portrait.
4. gain the habit of drawing daily and increase the love for drawing.

The drawing involves mechanical process which is important to understand. However, love and desire to see the beauty created and put it on the paper helps students or any artists especially for the long-term growth.

Il Materiale(Materials):

Pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B). Soft Eraser. Hard eraser. Paper stump. Knife. Paper. Board. Masking tape. Watercolor for tinting paper.

Option; Charcoal, sepia, Sanguina, pen and ink. Pastel in colors. Gesso, glue.

Matite (2H, HB, 2B, 4B). Gomma pane. Gomma dura. Sfumino. Tagliarino. Carta. Tavolo di Legno. Scotch. Aquarello per colorare la carta.

Opzione; Carboncino, sepia, sanguina, penna con inqiostro. Gesso. Colla.

Home works

Sketches and one mastercopy.


Grades are given according to the growth of each student from the beginning of the course to the end of it as well as overall achievements.

70 % Growth, improvement in works of a student from the start to the end 15 % Home works
15% Overall achievement


As it’s written under the Learning Outcomes, one of the purposes of this course is to help students have a habit of drawing daily. That is the only reason why participation is not counted in the evaluation. To complete all the works required, participation is


 materials. portrait from life as

Sacred Art School in Florence, autumn, 2015 Osamu Giovanni Tanimoto

1st week (6th – 8th of October)

Introduction to class and warm-up.

2nd week (12th -15th of October)

Spheres, cubes and cones and the head cast1

and skull

3rd week (19th – 22rd of October)

the nose, the eye, the ear of David, figure short poses.

4th week (26th -29th of October

the mouth of David, Ecroche, geometric head, the drapery study.

5th week (2 -5th of November)

the drapery study, the portrait study.

6th week (9th-12th of November)

the study of hands, the study of feet

7th week (16th- 20th of November)

the portrait study from life and photo

8th week (23th -26th of November)

figure study of Santo o Santa from life and photo

9th week (30th of November to 2nd of December)

completion of the works. Preparation for the Final exam; the exhibition.

Choosing a topic for your composition

Several small sketches

Research of the paintings on the same topic and the anatomical study for your composition

Collecting materials. Photo- shooting.

Drapery study with small clay models. Preparation of paper.

Drawing the final composition with all the references you made and collect.

Continue drawing.

And drawing.

…….still drawing.