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

INTERMEDIATE / Term 1

MS-CORE



DRAWING IN THE NATION’ CUPBOARDS I:
SEEING YOUR WAY TO DRAW

Anderson Inge
Weds, 10-1pm, 32 First Floor Front

"So much more than I expected from a 'drawing class', a new perspective in
visualization was unraveled."
- Recent Student

Drawing well begins with seeing well, and each session of this course will use direct observation of world famous objects to stretch our seeing and drawing to new strengths. This is the perfect escape from Bedford Square, and each week we will draw in nearby national collections, amongst objects gathered from across history.

Each session will have a theme, an exploration of a distinct aspect of drawing. We will use the differing tectonics, materials and forms made available to us as a provocation to draw confidently with similar richness. 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 compilation booklet of the drawings made through the term with commentary. In addition, a more considered drawn work will be required, one made independently of our class sessions and which provides an opportunity to relate our drawing studies to Unit work.



Course Outline

Session 1: SEMINAR ‘A VOCABULARY OF FORM’, AT BEDFORD SQ. FOLLOWED BY DRAWING SESSION IN: HALL OF ENLIGHTENMENT, BRITISH MUSEUM, ROOM 1, WEST SIDE OF GREAT COURT. CLOCKS GALLERY, BRITISH MUSEUM, ROOM 38
Wednesday 5th Oct
A vocabulary of form: language as a tool for seeing, Drawing more than just object, The narrative potential of multiple drawings; intro to storyboards

Session 2: CLOCKS STUDY ROOMS, SECURED AREA OF BRITISH MUSEUM BASEMENT
Wednesday 12th Oct
Drawing space, as well as the objects in it, Representing objects with interiors, that occupy space, A rhythm for looking, Going beyond line: the power of tone to show space

Session 3: PARTHENON MARBLES, BRITISH MUSEUM, ROOM 18
Wednesday 19th Oct
Tone-alone; consider tone before line, Drawing life-forms, Seeing steps of tone

Session 4: AA ARCHIVES
Wednesday 26th Oct
Looking at the vision and drawing strategies represented in the portfolios of
distinguished AA graduates, Making construction drawings of drawings, Studying the
drawn vocabulary of others, Considering ones own drawn voice

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: PRINTS & DRAWINGS STUDY ROOM, BRITISH MUSEUM
Wednesday 9th Nov
Looking closely at some masters, unpacking and recording their drawing strategies, The Prints & Drawings Study Room as a future resource

Session 6: HUNTERIAN MUSEUM, ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, 1ST FLOOR
Wednesday 16th Nov
Drawing from exotic anatomical specimens. Transparency in architecture
Drawing as a scalpel, intro to drawing deep space

Session 7: CAST COURTS, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
Wednesday 23rd Nov
Focusing on drawing deep space; deemphasising single objects, Using depth clues, Capturing complex and dramatic architectural space

Session 8: PRESENTATION
Wednesday 30th Nov
Pin-up and discussion review of the term’s work, including Independent Drawing piece
Hand-in of Booklet summarizing work for term and draft of Independent Drawing