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.)


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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.


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.