GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011
02121 [M1]: Visual Studies (VIS 0212100)
Lecture - 2 credits
This course is a module. It lasts the first half of the semester only.
Wednesday 9:30 - 11:00 7 Sumner 402
11:30 - 1:00 7 Sumner 402
Tuesday 1:00 - 2:30 Gund 111
Tuesday 3:00 - 4:30 7 Sumner 402
This course will help you develop your sketching ability. The emphasis is heuristic-on specific ways that hand drawing can inspire, guide, and speed your design process. Hand drawing is presented as a complement to software-based design practices. The goal of this course is to help you develop a personal method that moves freely between digital processes and hand drawing - between mediated and un-mediated design approaches.Hand drawing, regularly practiced, sharpens visual perception. It helps you deepen your abstract and experiential understanding. Drawing is a refined and subtle tool to visualize complex relationships: to imagine how buildings and spaces will appear, perform, and be encountered. Drawing also allows one to contemplate the logic of building, space, and construction from an abstract standpoint. Finally, drawing, as a physical act, builds haptic understanding - tactile perception and proprioception.The course meets twice per week - a lecture session in GSD room 111 and a studio drawing session in 7 Sumner, room 402. The first class meets in the drawing studio. Lecture sessions include discussion and tutorials on drawing types (freehand orthographic drawing, surveys, perspectives, isometrics), an analysis of the role of hand drawing in the work of particular architects, and short exercises. Each studio drawing session focuses on one extensive assignment in the studio or in the field: drawing urban or landscape perspectives, constructing maps and site surveys, capturing visual phenomena. These studio sessions help you gain confidence in, and recognize the creative power of, the act of drawing and show you how to observe and draw accurately. Throughout the course the emphasis is on line; tone and color are addressed only tangentially. Format, scale, viewpoint, precision, and gesture will be recurring subjects.Required materials1) Students are required to purchase SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE format sketchbooks and drawing pads for the course. Small sketchbook: You're required to take notes, respond to in-class exercises, and address homework assignments in a small sketchbook. Carry it with you at all times and use it as a recording device, just as you might use a cell phone camera or tablet computer. Please bring this sketchbook to the first studio drawing session and all following lecture and drawing sessions. -Format: unlined, easy to open flat, roughly 11 x 8 1/2" (measuring one page or two-page spread). No spiral or ring binding. 11 x 8 1/2" sketchbooks should be folio or tablet format, hinging on the short side; smaller sketchbooks should hinge on the long side. Note: these qualities simplify scanning. Sketchbooks smaller than 5" x 8.25" are not acceptable: too small. Some students will fill more than one sketchbook during the module. Choose one of the following sketchbook brands/models:-Rhodia No. 18 "Uni" unlined, blank. 8.3" x 11.7". Flexible cover. Detachable sheets. Inexpensive.-Cachet by Daler-Rowney "Original Classic Sketchbook" No. 471101108. 11" x 8". Hardcover, acid-free, signature bound.-Kunst & Papier No. 110411. Binderboard hardcover, acid-free, smyth sewn, easily folds flat.-Moleskine Large Sketch Notebook (5" x 8.25"). Hardcover, unlined, signature bound, easily folds flat.Medium Sketchpad: For field drawing assignments and other drawing assignments you must purchase an inexpensive unlined white sketchpad, roughly 15" x 19", with rigid cardboard back. Spiral bound preferable. Please bring this sketchpad to the first studio drawing session and to all studio drawing sessions. Large Sketchpad: In-studio drawing assignments require a large newsprint pad, 24" x 36". These large sketchpads will be stored in the drawing studio.2) Drawing medium: Bring the following materials to the first studio session and all following sessions.-HB, F, and 2H pencils, sharpener, good quality eraser-Fat HB leads and retractable lead holder-(1) box black conte crayon-Small ruler or triangle, scale (in both inches and mm)GradingYour sketchbook accounts for most of your grade. Your sketchbook(s) will be collected to evaluate the depth of your overall understanding of the course.The final course session is an informal reception/exhibition/ review. Attendance is required. Throughout the module drawings will be selected for the exhibit and for a small publication, to be distributed at the reception. Criterion for selection of drawings: evidence of a mind at work.If you are unable to find a local source for the sketchbooks and pads, order from-http://www.kunst-papier.com/hw.php-New York Central Art Supply www.nycentralart.com -Utrecht Art Supplies www.utrechtart.com -http://www.moleskineus.com/moleskine-books.htmlThis course, 2121, was previously offered as 2101M1.