Architecture practical exercises 3


Practical exercise at OUMNH: Spaces
(These exercises are set in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, but could  easily be adapted.)

Examples:

(For larger images and information, see the image gallery at the end of this section.)

These studies of Venice show how perspective creates a grand sense of distance. Ruskin focuses on one part of the architecture and allows the outer edges of the drawing to fade into the distance.

Materials: Ruler, pencil, fine liner, china white pencil.

Exercise:

Place yourself on the upper gallery with a view down the side of the Museum.

Draw a low horizon.

Lightly sketch in the perspective lines to create space.

Fill in the architectural patterns using a fine liner.

Allow the drawing to get fainter as it spreads to the edges of the paper.