A 4-day introductory/refresher course.
Next course dates September 1-4 2015
Central Saint Martins, London (see below)
The course focuses on traditional hand-drawing using pencil, drafting paper and drawing-board and practical guidance is given on how to work with these tools. But it also aims to bridge the divide between these methods (still the best in terms of a true engagement with the design process) and computer-aided drawing, by using Google SketchUp as the principle exercise tool throughout the week.
The key to being able to produce good, professional technical drawings is simply using common sense in the way structures are represented in line, coupled with an awareness of the basic ‘conventions’ (in other words, standard accepted practice) for theatre, film and television drafting. The course is aimed at those who have either done little or no technical drawing before; those who have experienced difficulty and need a clear, explained approach; or those who have had some experience but would like a refresher. The teaching approach is based on a number of years teaching technical drawing on undergraduate design courses. Apart from anything else this experience has provided me with a very clear idea of the ‘grey’ areas i.e. those which often pose most difficulty or are least understood.
The purposes of technical drawings
Who uses designers’ drawings and how?
Thinking and working in scale
Choice of scale and sheet size appropriate to the task. Metric and Imperial compared. Using a scale ruler. How detailed should drawings be?
Laying out the parts of a drawing
What is a standard ‘orthographic’ drawing? Rehearsing the layout. Lining up drawn views. How much to include on one sheet.
How and when to vary line ‘weight’. ‘Hidden’ lines describing structures outside the drawing viewpoint. When to use other dashed lines. How to indicate movement.
Accepted ways of writing measurements. Labels, title block and notes. Aids for lettering. Coding (i.e. linking) drawn views.
Groundplan, elevation and section
What should be included on the groundplan? How much of the stage, theatre or studio should be included with it? How to indicate steps and levels. Indicating surfaces such as brickwork, tiles and glazing. When are sections necessary? Indicating them on groundplan or elevations.
The course is hosted by University of the Arts London as part of its short course SummerSchool programme. More details and booking information can be found here ..
.. or if there are problems with this link, Google ‘CSM technical drawing’ and it will come up.