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Architectural Drawing: How to Sketch Like an Architect

2011/08/29, by , under drawing, seminar, Uncategorized, visualization

Tuesdays, August 30 – October 4, 6–8:15pm

Chicago arguably has the most beautiful skyline in North America, perhaps in the world. Learn how to rapidly document the interiors and exteriors of buildings in your own graphic vocabulary. The class will stress a formulaic approach to developing exceptional compositions using thumbnail diagrams and basic perspective. Emphasis will be placed on loose, free hand drawing techniques in lieu of technical drawing. This class is appropriate for beginners with no experience.

From the Chicago Architectural Foundation-http://caf.architecture.org/page.aspx?pid=487

CLASS MATERIALS (please purchase before start of class)

-Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
-1 black Sharpie marker
-pencils – 4h/h/hb/b/2b/4b
-pencil sharpener
-white eraser
-9×12” spiral or loose bound sketch pad.

INSTRUCTOR Joel Berman, ALA, has his own architectural practice, Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd., www.bermanarchitecture.com

COST $100 for all six sessions (CAF members); $125 for all six sessions (non-members)
AIA/CES 2 CES per session

Session 1:
Confidence building simple exercises
Class overview
Review of composition and the process of freehand sketching
Class sketches and review

Session 2:
Review thumbnails as a tool for studying composition for a full freehand sketch
Use slide jackets as tool to create thumbnails
Review contour lines and lineweights
Contour line hand exercise.
Class sketches and review

Session 3:
Create 15 second thumbnails
Discussion of foreground, subject, and background
Review negative and positive spaces
Class sketches and review

Session 4:
Quick sketch exercises
Review of contrast
Drawing entourage: plants and trees
Class sketches and review

Session 5:
Review basic one point and two point perspective
Vanishing points, picture plane, and horizon line
Class sketches and review

Session 6:
Review more entourage- cars and people
Review composition
Class sketches and review

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