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The Body in Motion

The Body in Motion

Artists, animators and illustrators frequently need to depict the human form in motion. This resource focusses on movement and gesture, exploring how Rodin captured the moving body, from everyday unselfconscious physical acts such as hair brushing to the extreme physical manipulations of a ballet dancer showcasing the body’s capabilities.

Suggested practical activity:

  1. Capture someone in an everyday action or gesture rather than a considered pose.
  2. Ask someone to pose in multiple extended positions exploring their range of movement.

For both activities work quickly to capture the sense of movement. You could set a number of short time limits.

The Body in Motion Learning Resource

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