Drawing the Corinthian Order with Domiane Forte
Hosted by the Louisiana Chapter
This fast-paced 6 hour intensive provides an introduction to understanding and laying out classical architecture through a study of the proportions and ornament of the Corinthian Order. Students of all abilities will learn to free-hand draw the classical moldings, while learning why the moldings work, and how to employ them for greatest effect. You'll learn the proportions, details and essential parts of classical architecture by laying out a column, entablature, and pediment (don't worry, you'll know those terms before the course is done). The intensive will end with a sketch problem combining these elements to create a classical door aedicula and a typical façade (don't worry...).
Most importantly, you will learn why the study of the classical orders is an essential foundation in the study and practice of architecture whether traditional or contemporary.
The elements of classical architecture include the formalized canon of proportioning systems and geometries for the classical orders that has guided the practice of architecture since antiquity. Collectively, the orders present a spectrum of complexity in detail and refinement, and a tectonic ordering system that is evident in the design of all classical buildings. This course introduces the nomenclature and proportional relationships of the Corinthian order, as well as a process for proportioning a columnar order for any set of dimensional parameters. Participants will lay out, through freehand drawing, a Corinthian column and the details of its base, capital, and entablature according to a method based on that of the 16th century architect Giacomo Barozzi daVignola. The class concludes with a look at some of the syntax that guides the application of the Corinthian order within an architectural composition and its use in buildings past and present.
Course material is suitable for those with limited exposure to classical architecture as well as those seeking to refresh their familiarity with the content. Rudimentary pencil drawing skills are recommended.
Drawings will be done on large format paper in soft pencil. Please bring the following to class:
- Sketchbook or Drawing Pad – Plain, unlined white paper. Minimum size - 8.5” x 11”. Larger formats such as 11” x 14” are encouraged.
- Drawing Pencils or Lead Holders with Leads – soft and hard lead weights. Recommended lead weights: Hardest - H or F; Softest - HB, B or 2B
- Pencil Sharpener or Lead Pointer (if using a Lead Holder)
- Eraser – e.g. Staedtler Mars white eraser
- Architectural Scale
- Triangle – clear plastic, 45 degree; and/or an adjustable triangle
- Drawing Compass
- (Optional) Architectural Dividers
This event is hosted by an ICAA Chapter. Please check the Chapter website, or contact the Chapter directly, for the most up-to-date details including dates, times, and pricing.
What You Will Learn
At the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Understand the history of the Classical Orders from the Ancient World up to the modern day and how the Ionic Order evolved to have unique connotations and uses.
- Recognize Corinthian features that may be damaged or missing on historic buildings and be able to intelligently reconstruct those missing elements whenever documentation is missing or inadequate.
- To be able to competently add appropriate additions to historic classical buildings and sites.
- Understand the proportioning system of the Classical Orders and its relationship to the built environment – specifically the importance of well-proportioned architecture to personal and societal welfare.