Original post as seen on The Designated Sketcher.
On November 10th, Designated Sketcher founder Jeffrey Pastva was invited to participate in a workshop at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. It was offered school-wide and drew interest from a diverse group of disciplines that included architecture, interior design, graphic & product design. The final goal of the workshop was to add sketching as a communication tool to their skill set, but in order to get there, we had to start with some basic lessons. Step one included a group of ‘sketchercizes” for warm up as well as a baseline assessment of their skills. Once that base was established, we were able to divide the group into those who wanted to work on skills such as shading and others who wanted to learn paraline sketching. From there we moved on to the more advanced exercises: Perspectives + Diagramming. After a quick instructional course the students were sent throughout the brand new URBN center to try their hand at 1, 2 and 3-point perspectives. In between sessions, they were asked to pin up and get critique from their peers and the instructors. Over the course of the 6 hours, we definitely could tell a marked difference in what they started with and their final sketches. Afterwards, all students were invited to publish their work for additional critique on TheDesignatedSketcher.com. Stay tuned for more info on their progress!
The lead instructor was Drexel Professor Paul Schultz and Drexel student Michael Patterson also helped run the workshop.
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