AR397A Interior Design Studio IV: Visual Communications II

for SP 2007

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AR 397 Interior Design Studio IV: Visual Communications II


SP 2007 HO


Boehr, Kay Miller


Assistant Professor of Interior Design/Program Coordinator for Interior Design


Master of Architecture
Professional Memberships:  IIDA, IDEC
Registered Architect

Office Location


Office Hours

Tuesday:  1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Friday:  10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 16- May 11, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 11:25 a.m.


AR396A and AR396B

Credit Hours



Ching, Fancis D.K. Architectural Graphics,  4th edition. New York:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003.
Mitton, Maureen.  Interior Design Viusal Presentation, 2nd Edition.  Hoboken, New Jersey:  John Wiley and Sons, 2004.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Recommended Books:
Doyle, Michael E.  Color Drawing, 2nd Edition.  New York:  John Wiley and Sons, 1999.
Drpic, Ivo.  Sketching and Rendering Interior Spaces.  New York:  Whitney Library of Design, 1988.
Lin, Mike W.  Drawing and Designing With Confidence.  New York:  John Wiley and Sons, 1993.
Lin, Mike W.  Architectural Rendering Techniques.  New York:  Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985.
McGarry, Richard and Greg Madsen.  Marker Magic:  The Rendering Problem Solver for Designers.  New York:  Van Nostrand Reinhold. 1993.
Yanes, Magali Delgado and Ernest Redondo Dominguez.  Freehand Drawing for Architects and Interior Designers.  New York:  WW Norton and Company. 2005

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Course Description:
Three-dimensional design and presentation techniques will be developed in this continuation of Visual Communications I. Students will learn to construct one and two point perspective drawings and will practice three-dimensional sketching. Students will apply black and white and color rendering techniques to their drawings. Students will learn model-building skills and be introduced to techniques to generate three-dimensional drawings on the computer. Prerequisites: AR396A and AR396B. Co-requisites: AR393 and AR397B. 1:5:3

Educational Philosophy:

Design:  Design is both creative and meticulous.  It is a process that involves generating ideas, then editing and refining those ideas before producing the final result.  The steps in the design proces are universal and can be applied to any design problem, whether it is a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product.
Teaching:  As a teacher, I articulate what I have learned as a professional, sharing my acculumated knowledge and skills with the students. This information is the basis for a variety of activities that reinforce core learning objectives.  Students observe, evaluate, collaborate and create as they approach each assignment as a design problem. Students communicate design concepts visually and orally using drawing, drafting, board building and modeling techniques.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Produce paraline drawings, including isometrics and axonommetrics.
  2. Prepare one-point perspective grids and draw interior spaces in perspective using the grid.
  3. Prepare two-point perspective grids and draw interior spaces in perspective using the grid.
  4. Practice estimating techniques for drawing furniture and interior spaces in perspective.
  5. Delineate perspectives using black and white line, hatching, stippling and wash techniques.
  6. Improve color rendering skills, applying color to perspective drawings as well as two dimensinal drawings.
  7. Construct study models and presentation models.
Class Assessment:
1.  Application of information in text, related readings, lectures and discussions to a series of skill delvelopment assignments. (Outcomes 1-7)
2.  Participation in studio, including individual and group critiques. (Outcomes 1-6)
3.  Completion of a sketch journal in order to practice techniques. (Outcomes 1-5) 
4.  Completion of Core Assessment Project:  a series of presentation drawings that visually communicate an interior space design completed in another class. (Outcomes 2,3,4, and 6)


Semester Assignment:             40%
Sketch Binder:                       40%
Core Assessment Project:       20%
Grading System:
                                             A:   90 and above
                                             B:   80 to 89
                                             C:   70 to 79
                                             D:   60 to 69
                                             F:    below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will not be accepted without a legitimate written excuse attached.  Late work must be turned in (with excuse attached) by the beginning of the next scheduled class or the assignment grade will be lowered 5%. An additional 5% subtracted for each class period that the work is late.  Many assignments have an oral presentation component.  There will be no make up dates for missed presentations, and regardless of excuse, the student will not recieve points for the presentation component of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

AR397A is primarily a studio class. Class format will include lecture/demonstration, discussion and group critiques of work, as well as time to practice visual communication skills and techniques.  Group interaction speeds learning and increases the depth of study for all.  Feedback from the instructor is an important element of learning. Students are expected to come to class with tools and supplies, prepared to work in class.  The studio and computer lab will be available for students' use when the rooms are not scheduled for other classes.  Students are expected to work a minimum of six hours a week outside of class, in addition to making full use of studio time.
A professional and respectful attitude toward the instructor and fellow students is expected.  Tardiness, leaving before class is dismissed, and other class disruptions (i.e. phone calls, etc.) will be noted and reflected in the final grade.

Week 1:
Jan.16 and 18

INTRO: class format
LECTURE:  Drawing Systems Review
ASSIGNMENT: "A Room of One's Own"
READING:  Mitton: 1,2 and Ching: 3
Loose drawing session #1: Mike Lin's principles of good graphics

STUDIO: Design "Room"

Week 2:
Jan. 23 and 25

PIN-UP:  Room Plans
LECTURE:  Models
READING: Mitton: 6
Loose drawing Session #2: color

STUDIO:  Room design and model

Week 3:
Jan. 30/ Feb. 1

PRESENT AND TURN IN: Room Design and Model
LECTURE:  Paralines
READING: Mitton: 3, pp. 44-49/Ching: 5
Drawing Session #3: Paraline practice

STUDIO:  Paraline of Room

Week 4:
Feb. 6 and 8

PIN-UP and TURN IN: Paraline of Room
LECTURE: Principals of Perspective
READING:  Mitton: 3, pp. 50-63/Ching: 6, pp. 87-100
Loose Drawing Session #4: perspective exercises

LECTURE: Perspective talk #2
Loose Drawing Session #5:  Corbu Chair

Week 5:
Feb. 13 and 15

PIN-UP: chair drawings
Loose drawing session #6:  perspective chairs

LECTURE: One-point grid
STUDIO: begin grid
READING: Ching: 6, pp. 101-106

Week 6:
Feb: 20 and 22

LECTURE:  overlays
Loose Drawing Session #7:  people, furniture and plants

STUDIO:  One point perspective

Week 7:
Feb. 27/Mar. 1

PIN-UP and TURN-IN: One point perspective
LECTURE:  Estimating One-Point Perspective
Loose Drawing Session #8: estimated one-points

LECTURE: Two-point perspective grid
READING:  Ching:  6, pp. 107-114
STUDIO: grid

Week 8:
Mar. 6 and 8

LECTURE: Two-point overlays
READING:  Mitton: 4, pp. 64-69/Ching: 6, pp. 116-124
Loose drawing session #9: open

STUDIO: Two point perspective

Week 9:
Mar. 13 and 15



Week 10:
Mar. 20 and 22

two point perspective of room
LECTURE:  estimating two point perspectives
Loose Drawing Session #10:estimated two points

LECTURE: B&W rendering techniques
READING: Mitton: 5, pp. 92-110/Ching: 7
Loose drawing session #11: value & shade and shadow studies

Week 11:
Mar. 27 and 29

LECTURE:  Rendering techniques
READING:  Mitton: 5, pp. 110-114
Loose Drawing Session #12: perspective value studies

STUDIO: B&W Room Perspective renderings

Week 12:
Apr. 3 and 5

PIN-UP and TURN-IN: B&W perspectives of room
Loose Drawing Session #13:  rendering materials and furniture

LECTURE: Color Rendering Techniques
READING:  Mitton: 5, pp. 114-118 and color plates
Loose Drawing session #14:  practice rendering perspectives

Week 13:
Apr. 10 and 12

Loose Drawing Session #15:  practice as needed


Week 14:
Apr.17 and 19

STUDIO: color rendering perspectives of room

STUDIO: Perspective rendering assignment

Week:  15
Apr. 24 and 26

STUDIO: Color rendering perspectives
ASSIGNMENT: Core Assesment Project (final)


Week :  16
May 1 and 3

STUDIO: Core Assessment Project

Core Assessment Project

May 8-12

Core Assessment Project due at scheduled finals time


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Instructor's Attendance Policy:
Class attendance is required.  An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class while announcements are being made.  It is the student's responsibility to sign the attendance sheet at this time.  Students who do not sign the attendance sheet, but arrive after it is distributed, will be considered late.  Three late arrivals will equal one absence.
In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by sending an e-mail message. Each student will be allowed three absences, which, if proper notification is sent, will be recorded as "excused." Thus each of the following will result in a 5% deduction from the final grade:
1. Three "tardies" equalling one unexcused absence.
2. Any absence that is not excused by a written (e-mail)notification.
3. The fourth and each subsequent absence, regardless of excuse.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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