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Graphic & Visual Skills 1

  • Course Code :
    ARC 231
  • Level :
  • Course Hours :
    3.00 Hours
  • Department :
    Department of Architectural Engineering

Instructor information :

Area of Study :

The aims of this course are to:  Build the student's knowledge regarding the visual design elements and theories.  Train the student to visualize and represent 2D and 3D compositions.  Train the student to use free hand sketching skills.  Train the student how to percept forms and compositions

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The course introduces various drawing principles and artistic techniques: Pencil techniques, Pen and ink, Colors and Materials, Scale and composition, Foreground, Middle and background, Sketching architectural elements and landscapes.

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Course outcomes:

a. Knowledge and Understanding:

1- Define the term "Design" as process and product.
2- Identify the different types of arts.
3- Identify the "Basic ingredients"
4- Identify the "Drawing process"(seeing, imagining and representing).
5- Identify the gestalt theory of perception.
6- Define the term "Drawing".
7- Identify the "Multi-view drawings".
8- Identify "Space and Depth"
9- Identify "Entourage".
10- Identify the purposes of the drawing from observation.
11- Identify the "Basic concepts "of light, shade and shadow.
12- Learn how to draw and to use drawing effectively as an instrument in design.

b. Intellectual Skills:

1- Use drawing as a cognitive process that involves perceptive seeing and visual thinking.
2- Analyze shapes and forms depending on proportions, ratios, positions and relation-ships.
3- Evaluate, analyzing drawings from the visual point of view.
4- Justify decisions about choices of appropriate drawing techniques, media relevant to design stages.
5- Explore new drawing techniques and methods.
6- Use relevant appropriate terms to discuss the fundamentals of visual arts.

c. Professional and Practical Skills:

1- Relate, draw and delineate the architectural orthogonal Multiview of simple small architectural projects.
2- Sketch freehand from observation, by pencils, ink pens and felt-tipped pens.
3- Inscribe lines and laying down tonal values.

d. General and Transferable Skills:

1- Use graphical means to communicate effectively.

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Course topics and contents:

Topic No. of hours Lecture Tutorial/Practical
Introduction and course orientation 4 2 2
Pencil techniques- Values – Creating space and volume 4 2 2
Ink techniques- Values – Creating space and volume 4 2 2
Landscape drawings and entourage (pencil-ink) 8 4 4
Pencil / ink Art work and silent nature 8 4 4
Pencil colors techniques + Art work + Architectural Drawings 8 4 4
watercolors techniques + Art work + Architectural Drawings 8 4 4
Patterns/ optical illusion 8 4 4
Collective art work project 8 4 4

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Teaching And Learning Methodologies:

Teaching and learning methods
Physical Maquette
Class Work

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Course Assessment :

Methods of assessment Relative weight % Week No. Assess What
Assignments/Studio work 40.00
Final exam : 40.00
Final project 10.00
Participation 10.00

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Book Author Publisher

Course notes :

•Students should take notes throughout the lectures •Some sketches and drawings is handed out

Recommended books :

a) Francis, D. K. Ching with Steven. Design Drawing, second edition. Johnwiley, Hoboken, New Jersey. b) Laurie Schneider Adams. (2004).Ahistory Of Western Art. Fourth edition MC Graw Hill publications. Publisher: Lyn uhl Mark Getlein. c) Living with Art. (Seven edition) publisher. Lyn uhl Mark Getlein.

Periodicals :

•The elements of design •Colors wheel

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