Representation of Form


BA (Hons) Arts, Design + Environment Stage 1 Project 4 Brief
Drawing: Representation of Form
Handout: 29th October Workshop: 29th and 30th October Review: 5th November

Part 1 Workshop Brief

This workshop is concerned with representing form and describing space. Your drawings will have key requirements and be expected to work within the larger framework of the project.

There will be an emphasis on accuracy of line and we would like you to consider each mark you make carefully. The paper size will be very small and you will not be able to erase any marks. We would like you to reflect on how in this instance and in many other situations your work is the result of key decisions that should be rationalised and quantified with an aim to fulfilling predefined or self initiated objectives. What you decide to leave out of a drawing could often be as important as the elements you include.

You will be asked to form groups and for the individuals of each group to sit at an approximately equal distance, encircling a chosen object. You will be asked to produce drawings, that when viewed sequentially describe the form of the object in a 360 degree arc. You will be given instructions detailing a particular format of paper and how much time to spend on each drawing. This will create a uniformity across the resulting drawings that can then be assembled into a flip-book.

The flip-books are a simple, lateral way to represent the given form in 3D. Can you think of different or more sophisticated ways of approaching this in terms of drawing?

Part 2 Independent Study Research Brief

Research a practitioner that you believe has represented form or space in an interesting or particularly effective way. Produce print-outs or photocopies of examples of this work and bring them to the Part 3 Workshop.

Part 3 Workshop Brief

You will be asked to present the drawings of your chosen practitioner for discussion.

We will examine the different possibilities presented for the representation of form and space through drawing. We would like you to reflect on how these methods might inform your practice.

You will then be required to produce 3 drawings: 1) A representation of a space populated by objects and people. 2) A representation of the same space, but devoid of objects and people. 3) A detail of the space, preferably in relation to you pathway study.

Before starting each of these drawings spend at least 10 minutes sketching, to test the effectiveness of your ideas; your process and intended methods to achieve meaningful representation in your final drawings.

You will not only have to consider how you represent this space but how you physically negotiate the space in relation to your peers and the production of this work. You will have to plan your time carefully and may be required to adjust your methods and timeframe appropriately, throughout the session, if you encounter unforeseen problems.

At the end of this session you will be required to present your final drawings for discussion.

Part 4 Independent Study Brief

We would like you to produce for Review on 5th November a set of 8 drawings that continue to explore possibilities for the representation of form and space, with a pathway focus. These drawings, when presented in sequence should describe a 360 degree panorama of a space.

These drawings should represent the architecture of the environment, the space you are occupying or the objects that surround you.

Architecture students may concentrate on the structure(s) that define this space. Artifact students should consider how objects within this space might be represented, particularly in regard to appropriate detail to represent possible usage and possible inter-relationships. Spatial students should consider the nature of the space; divisions, usage, parameters and how this might be meaningfully represented.