Course Content and Outcome Guide for LAT 219

Course Number:
LAT 219
Course Title:
Landscape Illustration
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Course Description

Basic principles of graphic presentation for landscape design. Produce perspectives, isometric drawing, botanical drawings and plan renderings. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This class teaches drawing skills that are intended to compliment the skills learned in Landscape Drafting, LAT 217. As aids in the visualization of landscape plans, the skills learned allow the designer to explain concepts and ideas to their clients in three-dimensional forms. These drawing skills are helpful in bringing the plan view to life.

1.       Development of €œright brain €“ left brain€ thinking skills used to visualize and draw plants and landscapes.

2.       Familiarization with drawing and sketching tools and media as used in landscape design.

3.       Utilization of drawing tools and media along with the theory and techniques of perspectives used in illustrating landscape design elements.

4.       Utilization of drawing tools and media along with the theory and techniques of isometric drawing used in illustrating landscape design elements.

5.       Utilization of drawing tools and media along with the theory and techniques of botanical illustration to illustrate plants.

Intended Outcomes for the course


Course Activities and Design

The lecture portion will cover the types of drawing tools and media that can be utilized, drawing theories and drawing techniques through the use of examples and demonstrations. The lab portion is hands on with focused assignments used to develop drawing skills.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

This is a pass/no-pass course. Passing will be considered as successful completion of 75% or above. Evaluation will be based on the contents of the landscape sketch notebook, botanical drawing, perspective, isometric plan projection and final collage presentation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, concepts, and issues:
1.  Understand €œleft brain thinking€ as applied to the visualization and drawing of landscape elements.
2.  Understand drawings techniques of line, shading, and pattern used to illustrate landscape elements.
3.  Use of three-dimensional drawings to visualize two dimensional landscape plan concepts.
4.  Use of accurate, concise representation of plants and plant parts as compared to the use of line, form and pattern to simulate plant and       landscape elements.
5.  Emphasis of drawing as a learned skill and not just an inherited skill.
Competencies and skills:
1.  Complete simple quick exercises to explore line, texture and pattern techniques used in drawing.
2.  Develop basic drawing techniques using line drawing, form development and quick sketching.
3.  Set up and maintain a daily landscape sketch notebook.
4.  Develop line techniques and patterns to simulate plants and plant parts.
5.  Use perspective techniques to illustrate landscape plan concepts in the third dimension.
6.  Use isometric projection techniques to illustrate landscape plan concepts in the third dimension.
7.  Develop landscape perspectives from photographs.
8.  Draw free hand perspectives in the field.
9.  Use botanical drawing techniques to illustrate all of the growing parts of a plant from root to flower.
10. Combine a series of drawings into a collage for display.