Sketching for Designers, Pt. 2

After learning about the plan view, our next step was to study isometric sketching. This subsequent tutorial video on the process from PBS Design Squad helped guide us through the process. Isometric sketches are ones that allow you to see 3 views for an object at the same time – front, side, and top. For this activity I distributed some isometric grid paper that I downloaded for free, and the students learned to sketch in this style step-by-step along with me as my paper was under a document camera attached to the classroom projector. Some easy objects to start with are cubes, chairs, tables, laptops, etc. Visualizing this way can be tricky for many students at first, so give them time, encouragement, and room to make mistakes. Rectangular prisms are recommended first sketching subjects. Find time to show them some isometric drawings that you find from a Web search (examples).

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