Workshop in Classical Architectural Design: University of Colorado Denver
8 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture
The ICAA Workshop in Classical Architecture introduces classical architecture as a living language to encourage literacy with the enduring forms which shape our built environment. The grammar, syntax, and proportional relationships of the classical canon are explored through freehand drawings of the classical orders and exercises that adapt the language to an architectural composition. The workshop kicks off with a series of short architectural case studies that highlight the use of the classical tradition in the design of new buildings and places today.
The ICAA's Workshops in Classical Architecture are generously funded by
The Benton Family Foundation.
Please note that students are required to bring drawing materials to participate in the Workshop.
Please click here to see the list of materials:
- Sketchbook – hardbound; plain, unlined white paper; recommended sizes: A4, 8.5”x11”, 9” x 12” or 11” x 14”
Note: The sketchbook must be able to lay completely flat when opened. It can be spiral-bound or stitch-bound (such as the Moleskin Art Series A4 size). Stitch-bound sketchbooks like the Moleskin Art series, that lay flat and allow both pages to be used for larger drawings are recommended.
- Drawing Pencils or Lead Holder or Mechanical Pencils – medium to soft lead weights are recommended: F (hardest), HB, B, 2B (softest)
- 12” Architects Scale - with 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/4”, 1 1/2” and 3” Scales.
- Pencil Sharpener
- Lead pointer (if using a Lead Holder)
- Eraser (small white)
- Triangle – clear plastic, 45 degree or an adjustable triangle
- Tape Measure – metal tape, length - 10ft minimum; 25ft length is useful
OPTIONAL: These materials are not required but may be useful if already owned.
- Architectural Dividers or Compass
- Laser measure
What You Will Learn
The Classical Language
- How to draw a block layout of the Tuscan Order to become familiar with the proportional relationships of the individual parts to the whole
- How to complete detailed drawings of the base, capital, and entablature to become acquainted with the nomenclature and role of the individual parts
- How to produce a drawing of an elevation of a Tuscan portico to explore syntax and compositional strategies
- How a canonical order may be explicit or implicit in a design, and how its elements can be progressively reduced while retaining its character and proportion
The Study of Precedents in Architectural Composition
- The tradition and purpose of measured and analytical drawing in sketchbook.
- Techniques for measuring a precedent and accurately drawing to scale in a sketchbook
- Familiarity with local classical buildings and adaptions of the classical canon
- An appreciation for drawing as a means of instilling a sensibility for size, scale, proportion, and composition
Saturday: 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM