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Classical Architecture

We all admire the beautiful historical buildings that grace our cities and towns, but how much do we really know about how they were designed? This introductory course attempts to answer this question by exploring the roots of our architectural heritage through short lectures and practical drawing demonstrations.

The course will explore the history and knowledge that architects in the past would have used in their everyday work, and show how to create simple architectural compositions through easy drawing examples.

This course aims to connect learners with the architectural language that characterises the design of our most cherished buildings and places. It is hoped that with a basic understanding of this knowledge we can better appreciate our architectural heritage which will in turn help to protect it for future generations

If you ever wanted to know more about how these buildings were designed, this is the course for you.

Suitable for beginners and professionals alike

The course consists of 10 evening classes and below is a basic outline of each lecture.

  1. Introduction to Architecture – Defining Traditional and Classical Architecture

Basic drawing techniques – Lines

  1. Architectural History 1 – Egypt, Greece and Rome

Technical drawing basics

  1. Architectural History 3 – Romanesque to Renaissance

Measured sketching

  1. Architectural History 2 – Georgian to Modern Day

Drawing mouldings – the alphabet of architecture  

  1. The Grammar of Classical Architecture 1 – The Orders

Drawing a basic Doric order

  1. The Grammar of Classical Architecture 2 – Applying The Orders

Drawing orders in order

  1. The Vocabulary of Classical Architecture 1 – Arches and Domes

Drawing arches and arcades

  1. The Vocabulary of Classical Architecture 2 – Roofs and Windows

Drawing pediments and porches

  1. Classical Composition 1 – Proportions and Ornamentation

Drawing proportional exercises

  1. Classical Composition 2 – Summing up

Composition exercises