Hosted by the ICAA Northern California Chapter | 7 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective & 7 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Wash Rendering)
Rendering Image: Charles Shafer
Please join the ICAA and Architectural Designers, Megan Leicht and Charles Shafer, for a one-day studio introducing the techniques of Beaux-Arts architectural watercolor wash rendering. The class will cover the basic skills of hand drafting, stretching, and painting techniques on a classical elevation. Topics to be covered include the use of line weights, light, shade, shadow, and color mixing to produce a formal rendering.
STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE:
Accidents happen! Students should wear clothes they don’t mind getting paint on. Students should be prepared to take home a 18×24″ plywood board.
Architects, designers and enthusiasts welcome!
Megan Leicht received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, where she developed a passion for traditional architecture and the Beaux Arts. Over several years at Skurman Architects, her appreciation of classical proportions, harmony, and order were strengthened. She is currently a senior designer at Kirley Architects in Marin, where traditional drawing skills are an integral part of the design process alongside 3D modeling. Megan enjoys sketching design options and producing both watercolor renderings and CGIs for clients. In her spare time, she loves exploring San Francisco’s unique and quirky architecture in addition to teaching architecture workshops for the ICAA.
Charles Shafer works as a senior architect for Skurman Architects. He has recently overseen the integration of Revit into Skurman’s design approach, and his work has aided in the development of new software for realtime 3D rendering and visualization. For a number of years, Charles has enjoyed teaching watercolor, drawing, and architecture workshops for the ICAA and its chapters. Educated at Notre Dame, and Williams College, and with a stint as a high school Chemistry teacher, Charles favors a multidisciplinary approach to design problems. He has also worked with ARCAS, Paris and Hope for Architecture in Oklahoma.
Instructional Delivery Method: Live In-Person Learning Program
Program Level: Introductory
Prerequisites: None required
AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: May 11, 2026
Provider Number: G193
Provider Statement: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number G193. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ([email protected] or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).
This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.
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