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Hand Drawing Skills for Architects Workshop

AIA Milwaukee

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

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What:    Hand Drawing Skills for Architects Workshop

When: Saturday, May 3           9:00 am to 5:00 pm               

Lunch and snacks will be provided

Where: Zimmerman Architectural Studios                2122 West Mount Vernon Avenue                Milwaukee, WI 53208Who:     Bruce Bondy                Bondy Studio – Architectural Illustration                Northbrook, IL                http://www.bondystudio.com/bondyhome.htmlRegistration fees:               

AIA Member Early Bird = $75 until May 1              

AIA Member late registration = $ 150               

Non-member registration  = $150               

Limited to the first 20 registrants

Continuing Education Credit: 7 AIA CES Hours



Materials list: Graphite pencils,EraserPens you like to draw withWhite or buff traceStraightedge (old drafting triangles suggested)Architect’s scaleNotepadRed pencil or penNote padLarge newsprint sketch pad if you have one (I’ll provide newsprint)

Drafting tape



Bondy Studio:  Hand Drawing Skills for Architects.  Foundation Skills 1.  Premise:That architects and design professionals should be relaxed and confident using hand media to develop and express their ideas to clients and colleagues.They should be able to draw on a whiteboard, paper, a napkin or whatever else is available with a pen, pencil, or marker.  It is NOT necessary to be able to produce a professional level rendering, just a clear expression of ideas.The skill of drawing is essential to visual fluency and the practice of architecture.Some reasons to draw.1.     To develop the ability to see more accurately.2.     To visualize, articulate, and nurture ideas through a process of exploration and discovery.3.     To more effectively communicate with colleagues and clients.4.     To document design ideas.5.     To develop visual intelligence and fluency.Description:Drawing workshop of approximately 8 hoursThe workshop is designed to teach basic principles and give architects and designers a framework for developing their skills on their own.The workshop should inspire students to draw.A better understanding of creating form through drawing will enhance a student’s ability to use digital tools Practicing drawing will enhance the ability to see the physical world with greater clarity and a deeper understanding.The workshop will improve confidence in skills with hand media in daily practice of architecture or design.The workshop is a very hands-on experience.  Participants will receive information and direct personal coaching as they go through various exercises to develop their skills. The ratio is approximately 20% teaching (me disseminating information) to 80% coaching (feedback from me while the students are practicing the exercises). The Drawing Workshop is: educational, enjoyable, engaging experience  Drawing Workshop ProgramINTRODUCTION: (15 minutes)Comparative vs. Imaginative Drawing.  5 Elements of workshop:            Line            Form            Proportion            Perspective            ProcedureAcademic drawingSlide Show Section 1: LINE (45 minutes)Techniques to improve making lines by higher awareness of body mechanics and drawing media choices.  Basic geometry insights and tips.  Exercises to: improve ability to control line expression, weight, accuracy; help with measurement and proportion.  Section 2: COMPARATIVE DRAWING 1 (1 hour)Introduces the academic technique known as “sight-size method”.  I have adapted two “Barque Plate” exercises (Charles Bargue was a French painter that developed a drawing course in the 1860s) that will give students a basis for seeing and making accurate measurement.  This has been one of the most popular segments of the program. Section 3: COMPARATIVE DRAWING 2 (1 hour)In this section we discuss the procedure for building a drawing.  We use the sight size technique but this time draw a more complex architectural subject in a quick sketch manner.  Students will need to make decisions about what is and isn’t important to include in their sketch. We do multiple starts to teach procedure of building a drawing, working from the general toward the specific.  Section 4: ANALYTICAL DRAWING (1 hour)Using an axonometric cube form, plans, and elevation drawing, students will work from small simple objects and build their drawings using their understanding of geometry and less by sight comparison than the earlier exercises.  This drawing approach gives them foundational tools to build their drawings from their mind rather than a visual reference.Section 5: FORM (1 hour)A discussion of how light, shade, and shadow make form.  How light renders the basic shapes.  Discussion of tone and texture. Various principles of depicting form: values, transition, hard and soft edges, law of simultaneous contrast, reflection, transparency, nature of materials. Section 6: PERSPECTIVE (1.5 hours)A basic explanation of perspective and terminology, description of the cone of vision, picture plane, 1-2-3 point perspective and how and when to use them.  Students will start by drawing cubes in perspective and then draw objects in various and progressively challenging perspective positions.  This section has the most exercises.  We will us photos to identify horizon line and vanishing points.  Students will use photos as a base for creating additions and changes to architecture.  They will use sketchup massing models as a base for sketching and developing architecture.  Section 7: CHARRETTE (1.25 hours)Students will work in teams to produce quick sketches for a hypothetical design assignment.  This will challenge them to integrate the skills they’ve learned throughout the workshop the workshop and to communicate with each other through drawing and to present their drawings.  Students could be asked to draw while sitting, standing, on a napkin, or at a white board.   FINAL SUMMARY.  Review and additional Post-Workshop exercises. (15 minutes)Students will receive my 50 “productive doodling” exercises, suggestions for field sketching, keeping a sketchbook, “Master” copies, and various other challenges. I will offer students a way to stay in touch for periodic critiques of drawings and to receive emails or a link to my blog offering further instruction and drawing tips.I will ask for feedback on the workshop and suggestions for improvement.      

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Zimmerman Architectural Studios
2122 West Mt. Vernon Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

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