COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Looking, Thinking, Sketching
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 334
Fall/Spring
1
4
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives In this Studio/Workshop the student will learn to use different techniques of visual communication by exploring them in a more experiential approach. Invention and Imagination will be encouraged in the process of designing the drawings/documents. This will help the student to understand the importance of conventional parameters of architecture such as form, space, proportion, texture, light and shadow, but also particular spatial experiences and events, people, sounds, smells, colors, materiality, and the role of invention and imagination.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to evaluate the contributions of the built and the natural environment to the design process and its alternatives.
  • will develop an advanced skill level in using “visual” hand drawing tools and design thinking methods.
  • will be able to apply ideas and models into sketches.
  • will be able to research, experiment on and use a wide selection of mixed media including traditional sketching materials.
  • will be able to work and develop abstractions from concrete images into design generation concepts.
Course Description In the Process of Making and Designing, all drawings and sketches, collages and words, photographs and models become documents of exploration and experimentation, as well as documents of representation. Like printmaking that places layer over layer transcribing and transforming elements of the work of art, every sketch will play an important role in the thinking process to formulate a design idea. In using sketching as a critical thinking tool all documents created in class will help understand the objects we see such as sites, buildings and landscape; transforming and creating a metaphorical structure that serves as a vocabulary used in the development of new ideas.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Syllabus overview: introduction, attendance and time keeping. Handout and discussion. Introduction and Assignment #1
2 Creating Awareness: The eye and how we understand the world, the importance of understanding sketching tools and the quality of lines. 1. Outlines 2. Gesture Lines 3. Contour Lines 4. Discuss 5. Assignment #2
3 Creating Awareness: Draw what you see and not what you think you see. Eye/Hand coordination awareness. 1. Contour lines 2. Blind-Contour line looking at the hand 3. Check-back contour drawing 4. Discuss 5. Assignment #3
4 Creating Awareness: Making distinctions. The metaphorical aspects of drawing. The importance of composition in the drawing narrative 1. Space and Form 2. Basic Composition techniques 3. Dots, Lines and traces 4. Discuss 5. Assignment #4
5 Spatial Experience: Making distinctions. The human figure in Space. Basic Human proportions and capturing the essence of form and gesture. The importance of having Entourage in your drawings. 1. Contour lines 2. Blind-Contour line looking at the model 3. Check-back contour drawing 4. Economy of lines 5. Discuss 6. Assignment #5
6 Spatial Experience: Creating an illusion of depth. Understanding the role of light and shadow in the spatial perception. 1. Light, Shade and Shadow 2. Hatching techniques 3. Overlapping and Gradients 4. Discuss 5. Assignment #6
7 Spatial Experience: Linear Perspective an Experiential approach 1. Introduction to perspectives 2. One, Two and Three points perspectives
8 Spatial Experience: Linear Perspective an Experiential approach. The importance of a storyboard when narrating an experience. 1. Introduction to perspectives 2. One, Two and Three points perspectives 3. The Storyboard 4. Discuss 5. Assignment #7
9 Spatial Experience: Linear Perspective an Experiential approach. Introduction to collage making and mix media representation 1. Collage assembly based on various concepts 2. Discuss 3. Assignment #8
10 Spatial Experience: Mapping- “Flying Islands”
11 Folding surfaces- “Flying Islands”
12 Program and site- “Flying Islands”
13 The story- “Flying Islands”
14 The story- “Flying Islands”
15 The story- “Flying Islands”
16 Term Project Due
Course Notes/Textbooks Experiential Drawing, Robert Regis Dvorak. Crisp Publications,inc. Menlo Park, California
Suggested Readings/Materials Design Drawing, Francis D. K. Ching

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
16
25
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
25
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
50
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
25
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
5
80
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
2
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
14
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exams
    Total
110

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

Ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in architecture.

X
2

Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate architectural concepts and theories.

X
3

Ability to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of architecture.

 

X
4

Critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and to direct self-education.

X
5

Ability to communicate architectural ideas and proposals for solutions to architectural problems in visual, written and oral form.

X
6

Ability to support architectural thoughts and proposals for solutions to architectural problems with qualitative and quantitative data and to communicate these with specialists and non-specialists.

X
7

Ability to use a foreign language to follow developments in architecture and to communicate with colleagues.

X
8

Ability to use digital information and communication technologies at a level that is adequate to the discipline of architecture.

X
9

Being equipped with social, scientific and ethical values in the accumulation, interpretation and/or application of architectural data.

X
10

Ability to collaborate with other disciplines that are directly or indirectly related to architecture with basic knowledge in these disciplines.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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