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Effective: Fall 2012

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. Establish reference and guide points to draw perspective framework.
  3. Locate and rough sketch landscape elements in perspective.
  4. Render landscape elements.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory. Students provide drafting equipment and supplies as needed.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Use of perspective as a landscape communication tool
  2. Rules of perspective
  3. Selection of appropriate perspective techniques
  4. 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
    6. Locating objects
    7. 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.

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