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NOTE: Registration is now closed for the 2021 workshop.

Freehand Drawing for Architecture is a non-credit 8-week workshop offered each autumn quarter by the University of Washington Department of Architecture; it is open to UW students and the public. The 2021 workshop will be offered as an in-person class meeting on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00pm, 7 October through 2 December, plus two optional Saturday afternoons in October and November from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Freehand Drawing for Architecture focuses on the drawing from observation of buildings and architectural space, and is intended for students at all levels to develop and/or refine skills and techniques for seeing and recording the built environment. Emphasis is placed on composition, proportion, and perspective and we will also explore ways to depict natural light and color in buildings and landscapes.

Drawing media will primarily include graphite and ink, with the elective addition of color pencil and / or watercolor. Classes are structured around brief lectures with examples and demonstrations, in-class drawing sessions, and individual or group critiques. Weekly drawing assignments aim to develop seeing and drawing skill and confidence by way of independent ‘on-site’ drawing objectives in and around Seattle and elsewhere.

Freehand Drawing for Architecture is an ideal course for: students who are interested in preparing a portfolio of architecture-related work; architects seeking to renew or develop drawing skills for travel and enjoyment; designers and fine artists interested in expanding methods of representation.

This workshop is intended for students 18 years or older. High school seniors may attend with permission of the workshop instructor. (High school seniors should provide a recommendation from a guidance counselor or current teacher, and contact Judith Swain for details.)

Workshop Cost: $675

The Workshop Fee is $650.00 for all students, plus a non-refundable Application Fee of $25.00.

To inquire about a place in this workshop please contact Judith Swain at jdswain@uw.edu. Registration will be available in early September. Space is limited and early registration is recommended.

A detailed list of materials & supplies will be emailed to registered participants before the course begins.