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Learn to see, draw, and think like an architect! This semester-long course will introduce students to architectural drafting and design through drawing exercises. Students will learn the different types of drawing that architects use to facilitate design thinking and representation. Beginning with drawing from observation, exercises in line, shape, value, and form will foster an understanding of geometric characteristics, then skills and conventions of representation with drafting will be taught. Weekly assignments will consist of a sketchbook or drafting assignment as well as a reading requirement. A weekly assessment will account for the completion of the reading assignment. Three projects will be done during the semester. For the final design project students will create architectural drawings consisting of plan, section, and elevation. Students will present their projects in the final class. This course is a prerequisite for Architectural Drafting & Design II.
About Melisa Kaiser:
Melisa Kaiser is an architectural designer and homeschool mom of four. She completed an undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Nebraska, and a Master of Architecture degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she received the Henry Adams Medal for graduating with highest honors. She studied high rise design, with an emphasis in energy efficiency and façade technology.
Melisa has practiced architecture in residential design, including high-end kitchen design at a world-renowned Chicago firm. Melisa’s teaching experience spans a broad range of ages; she has taught freshman level design at the Judson University Department of Architecture, and art & design to K-8thgraders at her homeschool co-op. Melisa also teaches the Judson University Design Discovery Summer Workshop, a week-long camp experience for high school-aged students interested in pursuing architecture or design in college. Melisa has been teaching online architecture classes to high school students since 2014. Currently she is homeschooling her four children, and does an occasional freelance design project. Melisa and her family live in the Chicago area.
Melisa began a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as a freshman in college. While in college Melisa attended and led bible studies and worked as a camp counselor. Presently she is serving and worshipping at a bible-believing church, and leading a small group study with her husband.
Melisa loves to see the image of the Creator shining through each student, and considers it a privilege to inspire and guide students in developing their creative abilities.
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While age appropriate, our courses provide college preparatory experiences with accountability to teachers who both care about students and are extremely knowledgeable in their subject area.
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