Degree Program: 

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the essential methods of freehand drawing through a series of interrelated exercises.  Techniques such as investigative sketching, contour drawing and full tonal range drawing are considered in relation to their potential to reveal the world around us with a heightened sense of awareness.  Elements such as light, materials, structure and enclosure will be explored at a variety of scales and applications.

During the course of the semester, each student is encouraged to develop a set of manual skills that will allow for future innovation.  Students and faculty are collaboratively engaged in order to establish a practice of drawing that encourages an aptitude for critical thought. To this end, a program of spatial and analytical exercises is developed to focus attention not only how architects and artists draw but also on the reasoning and processes embedded within each technique.  A diverse team of teachers will oversee the curriculum, as well as each studio section.  We will utilize the course material to engage our place in the Sonoran Desert.

Development of a visual and haptic sensibility/rigor through the use of freehand drawing and material manipulation.

Course Structure and Topics
Format:  lecture/studio (2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of studio each week).  Lectures will introduce and explain the theoretical goals associated with each week in the semester, which then will be understood through the process of project development and manual skill acquisition in the studio.  The grade for each exercise will be derived through evaluation in three areas:  clarity (technique and conceptualization), development (process), and final resolution (execution) of the assignment in the studio.

Course Requirements
The successful completion of three topic areas is required of each student.  Comprehensive portfolios are evaluated at the conclusion of the course.  Use of freehand observation and analytical drawings along with physical modeling are introduced and rigorously developed during the course of the semester.  A unit of skill and a unit of knowledge are linked to each project description.

Honors section:  In addition to general lecture and studio requirements, students enrolled in the Honors Section are required to meet for one extra fifty-minute discussion section each week.  Two books are assigned each semester, and two field trips to local architecture studios augment the discussion topics.  A pedagogical notebook from each student is evaluated at the end of the semester.

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E