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Effective: Summer 2017

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Select appropriate perspective technique.
  • Render landscape elements in perspective.
Description -
Basic perspective sketching for landscape design presentations. Setup and rendering of one-point and two-point perspectives, including location of horizon lines and vanishing points, height determination, positioning of objects, and rendering techniques for plants, people, structures, and hardscape. Emphasis is on creating one point, quick sketch perspectives for presentation to clients.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Select appropriate perspective technique.
  2. Rules of perspective.
  3. Establish reference and guide points to draw perspective framework.
  4. Locate and rough sketch landscape elements in perspective.
  5. Render landscape elements.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design classroom. Students provide drafting equipment and supplies as needed.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Use of perspective as a landscape communication tool
    1. One-point perspective
    2. Two-point perspective
  2. Rules of perspective
    1. Vanishing lines
    2. Diminishing objects in distance
    3. Graying of objects in distance
  3. Setup and drawing of one- and-two point perspectives
    1. Selecting drawing angle
    2. Setting horizon line
    3. Establishing vanishing points
    4. Preparing base plane grid
    5. Establishing measuring line
  4. Establishing location of objects
    1. Locating objects
    2. Rough sketching objects
  5. Rendering objects in the landscape
    1. Creating surface textures
    2. Creating perspective through shading and depth perception
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Drawing projects.
  2. Documented active participation which furthers design skills.
Representative Text(s) -
Reid, Grant. Landscape Graphics (revised). New York, NY: Watson Guptill Publishers, 2002. (This is a seminal textbook for landscape graphics.)

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures.
  2. Discussions.
  3. Assigned reading activities.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading assignments include reading approximately 10-20 pages per week from assigned text and supplemental reading.