20.099 Urban Sketching

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Sketching is a way of communication and expression. Sketching architecture is a way to understand and record our spatial environment. Urban Sketching is designed to equip students with fundamental sketching skills with a focus on the urban fabrics and landscapes.



Learning Objectives

The general learning objectives will be the acquisition of observation, sketching and drawing skills to present and perform self critique and reflection of personal work with reference to the urban built environment.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Show the stages in drawing
  • Understand the various drawing genres
  • Target critique sessions to developing awareness, appreciation and sensitivity for the visual words
  • Demonstrate sketching techniques and perspective theory used in Urban Sketching

Measurable Outcomes

Students will be able to

  • Explain the urban sketching process (class exercises)
  • Demonstrate understanding of proper drawing techniques, the use of lines, tonal values, textures and perspectives. (class exercises)
  • Relate theories on art elements, visual composition and perspectives to outdoor locations. (outdoor sketching, show and tell, discussions)
  • Apply observation skills with proper and good drawing techniques to outdoor locations (various)