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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Architectural Drawings

Created on April 24, 2020 by dirkusa2001

This is a lesson I incorporated in my graphic design classes for students to learn about architectural illustration. Students took photos throught the school grounds and use the photos as a basis for their drawings.

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5 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT to identify lines and shapes.
2. SWBAT to identify the work of Frank Lloyd Wright
3. SWBAT to take photos of architecture for references.
4. SWBAT to create an architectural illustration.

1. Paper
2. Computer
3. Phones to take photos
4. Software like Adobe Photoshop or Photopea, Pixlr
5. Pens
6. Watercolor paints
7. Brushes, water

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Session 1
1. Show works of Frank Lloyd Wright (10 min)
- Discuss lines and shapes in his work.
2. Have students think about camera angles. Review angles and then go outside to take photos. (35 min)
If time upload photos to computer.

Session 2
1. Review Previous learning and upload photos if they didn't have time to previously (10 min)
2. Demo how to take their photo and put into a photoshop document. Them show them how to drop the opacity of the image and print on cover stock paper. (35 min)

Session 3
1. Review previous learning. (5 min)
2. Demo line weight and varition using pen and ink. Also demo textures using pen and ink techniques: cross hatching, scribbling, etc. (5 min)
3. Have students trace over the lines and shapes in the print out.

Session 4
1. Review and finish tracing. Demo how to use watercolor over the ink. Wet on wet versus dry point technique. (10 min)
2. Work the rest of the session.

Session 5
1. Finish work (45 min)

Optional session 6 to finish and have a critique.

Students were assessed on the neatness of their lines, and painting skills.
The students needed to make it look like a rendering and not a photography by use traditional techniques.

1. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

2. Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Virtual Tour
Robie House

Students often won't make the opacity low enough on their buildings when the print them out. I have them print samples on cheaper copier paper.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[9-12 Proficient] Students differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

Frank Lloyd Wright

Line, Space