Cast drawing uses classical sculpture to teach students fundamental skills in preparation for portraiture.
Combining the lessons from the previous work, students work under unchanging light conditions using the sight-size method. First the cast is envisaged in geometric form, rendered in precise outline, shadow shapes identified and then it is modeled to give the illusion of three-dimensions.
Observing sculpture teaches students how to abstract the essentials of an object from life, allows for the study of form while indirectly influencing the mind to the concepts present in the original work of art.
A series of cast drawings are made, initially in charcoal on white paper and then using a toned paper with chalk to extend the value range, preparing the student for their first painting of the cast. A grisaille oil painting carries the lessons of the cast into the medium of paint completing the drawing program.