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Spring 2020 TryArch: How to Draw Like an Architect

Saturday, November 21, 2020
9am - 4pm (Central)
Registration fee: $10 per student
Registration deadline: November 20, 5pm (Central)

What is TryArch?

TryArch is an intensive one-day workshop in which participants learn about drawing, experience an architecture studio environment, and build content for a portfolio. TryArch 2020: How to Draw What You See will teach students a variety of analog and digital techniques for interpreting perceived space into an architectural graphic language. The workshop will begin with students watching one episode of Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed television series, “The West Wing.” Students will study the three-dimensional space they see on screen and translate it into two architectural drawings: a floor plan and a reflected ceiling plan.

Who teaches TryArch?

The fall 2020 workshop will be led by School of Architecture faculty members Grant Gibson and Thomas Kelley.

Who can attend?

Anyone! No previous experience is required. The workshop is intended for any adult or current undergraduate student who wants to learn more about what architecture is all about, get to know the School of Architecture at UIC, or create content for a grad school admission portfolio. Anyone looking for a more in-depth experience should also consider YArch, the School's month-long intensive summer design workshop. High school-aged students should consider HiArch, a summer program for high school students.

How do I sign up?

Participants must submit a $10 workshop fee. Registration will close November 20 at 5pm or when the workshop is full.


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