With the introduction of better design and drawing software in the previous decade, Architecture and Interior Design students are relying more and more on the computer to produce visual representations of their ideas. Students entering the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) are becoming less motivated to build their observational freehand drawing skills knowing that when they enter the second year of their major they will transition to producing most of their work on the computer. The challenge is to get students to understand that learning freehand observational drawing is more than being able to replicate things they see in front of them. Observational drawing is also the act of visual analysis that transcends superficial observation. Being able to quickly understand and draw what is in front of them will also lead to being able to quickly draw and understand what they envision in their minds.
In order to get students to embrace traditional drawing, they must understand the benefits of what drawing can do that is hard to replicate on the computer. Speed is key. Students are more apt to use and develop their drawing skills if it allows them to work more efficiently. This paper will explore the process involved to learn how to analyze form and space and quickly produce a drawing that privileges formal and spatial content over superficial detail. It will also examine how both drawing and computer visualization can work in tandem to enhance design process.
W. Eirik Heintz, The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
About the Presenter(s)
Professor W. Eirik Heintz is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at The American University of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates
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