The significance of freehand drawing in the teaching process in general construction project classes
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As you know, the first requirement faced by the candidate wishing to study at the Faculty of Architecture is freehand drawing; passing the examination in it is the basis for admission. Freehand drawing in both the teaching process, and then in the professional activity is an expression of artistic and spatial sensitivity of every student and architect. It also has a high priority in the design process, especially at the stage of an idea, concept and architectural creation. Before there appeared the possibility of using the computer, concepts and student projects had been performed manually during the teaching of all design subjects. It was a rule to prepare designs in pencil techniques, in ink, and other tools and techniques ‒ e.g. watercolor, tempera, feather, etc. The creative process required understanding and analysis of the developed vision or architectural issue in the context of brain ‒ eye ‒ hand relations. In the era of universal computerization these relations and correlations have been weakened, which, as can be seen in practice, does not always produce good ‒ expected ‒ results in the teaching process. First of all, probably, due to the deterioration of the function of imagination (including aesthetic one) among entrants and the strengthening of their tendency to laziness (including taking “shortcuts”), which in a sense is ‒ for artistic professions ‒ even murderous. Therefore, observing messages of creativity among students of architecture, one can state that the computer can, of course, be an aid, but it cannot be the main tool in mental, emotional and creative development process.
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