AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Inigo Minns
Acting Department Head
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000

STUDIO

FIRST YEAR / Term 1

MS-CORE



SEEING YOUR WAY TO DRAW

Anderson Inge
Tues, 2-5pm, North Jury Room

“I draw like other people bite their nails.” Pablo Picasso

“I'd always wanted to know the difference between a mark that was art and
one that wasn't.”
Roy Lichtenstein

Drawing well begins with seeing well. And, the most effective way to improve seeing is through language. This course will be saturated with looking and drawing, and talking about both. We will manipulate line and tone as readily as we do words, as we nose around the range, complexity and expressiveness available through drawing.

Each session will have a distinct theme, an exploration of a distinct aspect, type or potential of drawing. The sessions will begin with a short talk or demonstration, but the bulk of our time will be spent actively working through a series of exercises developed to draw something out of us.

The submission required for the end of the course will be a straightforward booklet that is a compilation of the drawings made through the term with commentary. In parallel, an additional, more considered drawn work will be required, one made independently of our class sessions and which provides an opportunity to relate our drawing strategies to something of particular interest to you.



Course Outline


Session 1: TALKING ABOUT SEEING, A VOCABULARY OF FORM
Tuesday 4 Oct / 8 Nov
Presentation of images, followed by exercises: Using a ‘drawing referee’, ‘All in one square inch’
A rhythm for looking, Walk & draw

Session 2: DRAWING AT THE CLOCKS GALLERY, BRITISH MUSEUM, ROOM 38
Tuesday 11 Oct / 15 Nov
Exercises: Proportion by triangulating; study of relative size, Framing the drawing; deciding point of view and inclusion, Drawing space, inside and around of multiple objects, The power of tone

Session 3: DRAWING AT THE PARTHENON MARBLES, BRITISH MUSEUM, ROOM 18
Tuesday 18 Oct / 22 Nov
Exercises: Tone Alone, Forgetting Line Existed, Seeing Steps of tone, Drawing Live Forms

Session 4: DRAWING AT THE CAST COURTS, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
Tuesday 25 Oct / 29 Nov
Exercises: Capturing complex architectural space, Drawing deep space, Dealing with
excess detail, Using scale and depth clues