GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:54:06.
Courses taught by Ewa Harabasz
02121 [M1]: Visual Studies (VIS 0212100)
Lecture - 2 credits
This course is a module. It lasts the first half of the semester only.
Thursday 9:00 - 11:30 7 Sumner 402
Thursday 12:30 - 3:00 7 Sumner 402
Tuesday 1:00 - 2:30 Gund 111
Tuesday 3:00 - 5:30 7 Sumner 402
Thursday 3:30 - 6:00 7 Sumner 402
The course objective is to develop and improve students’ skills in freehand drawing based on direct observation, and to encourage them to incorporate drawing into their design process.
Architects who are fluent in various kinds of freehand drawing are able to generate, refine, and evaluate design ideas more effectively than architects who depend upon the computer for visualization. Along with other hand processes like painting, sculpting, and bricolage, drawing is a complement to computer-based and conceptually-based design methods.
In this course priority will be given to line drawing and learning its various forms, methods, techniques and materials.
The projects will include drawing of a human body in action and in space—in interior and exterior conditions and situations.
Students will learn how to draw natural forms and human made objects and to visually articulate their structure—see architectural forms in nature and natural forms in architecture.
We will be using charcoal, pencil, markers, graphite, ink, and other drawing materials.
Each class session will consist of short project introduction and completion of three individual assignments. There will be one final group project as well as two field trips to draw in city interior and exterior places and public situations.
Please bring for first class session: 18”x24” newsprint sketch pad, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B pencils, soft charcoal-vine sticks and larger kneaded eraser.
02446: Landscape as Drawing (VIS 0244600)
Workshop - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30 7 Sumner 402
The course objective is to advance students' visual skills in artistic representation and creative imagination through drawing.
Assigned projects will focus on both the natural and built environment, as well as on emotional perception, bodily experience and metaphoric interpretation of landscape.
This course focuses on mastering technical and artistic skills in hand drawing, refining sensitivity to all details of what one sees, and developing capacity to articulate it in a visually convincing and evocative form. Projects will include work in outdoor and indoor situations and places, and drawing
of life models.
In the process of drawing, students will focus on the world of lines, textures, shapes, light, shade and values. We will use various tools, materials and artistic techniques including: pencils, vine charcoal, conté pastels, markers, ink and other media, later combined with the use of camera, press imagery, computer renderings, etc. Drawing projects may include:
- Emotional Landscape: Drawing of imaginary landscapes that invoke distinct emotional states, moods, temperaments and existential conditions: anger, fear, sadness, loneliness, pain, joy, happiness, pleasure, prosperity, poverty.
- Strange and Uncanny Landscape: Drawing of landscapes with new unexpected, foreign, and strange elements added to them and aspects that "ought to be hidden but came to light."
- Atmospheric Landscape: Creation of drawings of landscapes in various atmospheric states: fog, rain, sun, at night, during the day, and in various seasons.
- Time and Experience Landscape: Observation and visualization of the landscape that changes in time. Learning how to make a visual notation representation of experiencing landscape as a process that unfolds in time. This project will explore the relation of drawing to the visual methods of representation of time and events such as notation, charts, graphs, pictograms, diagrams, and storyboard.
- Bodily Landscape: Drawing of the relation between human forms, gestures, and motion and forms of landscape captured by drawing of a human body in action in space, and experimentation with performative (bodily action driven) methods in making drawings.
- Social Landscape: Drawing exploration of social relations of landscape, events, crowds, vehicular, pedestrian traffic, and visual traffic of signs and media advertising day and night.
During the course references will be made to historical approaches to landscape as in:
- Tang Dynasty (L. Sixun, L.Zhaodao),
- Renaissance, (P. Bruegel),
- Romanticism (T. Cole, C.D. Friedrich),
- Cubism (Cezanne),
- Expressionism (E. Munch),
- Surrealism (S.Dali),
- Realism (G. Courbet, J.M.W. Turner),
- Land/Earth Art (R. Smithson),
- Feminist Art (A. Mendieta, P. Chang), and others.