Sketch Up is the drawing program we will be using in this course. It is a 3d design program that allows the user to design partially in 2d then extrude. The extrusion process then creates a 3d form. From that point you will be drawing on the surface and extruding using the x,y, and z axis. It is a simple program that is quick to learn.
Download and play with some of the demonstrations.
Sketch Up Lesson 1
On the SketchUp website you will need to visit the tutorials page.
For this model work on the first exercise.
It will be the first item on the video. Just click the play button.
Explore Ancient Egypt
This link will take you around and into the pyramid complexes of ancient Egypt. Follow the link and explore.
Your name in Hieroglyphics
Writing your name in Ancient Egypt is more complex than our present language. It was more like drawing pictures to symbolize words. You would then hope people would interpret what was being communicated correctly. Most wars are started because of poor communication.
Your task is to write your full name in hieroglyphics. Just don't start any wars with your writing. Especially with siblings and parents.
Follow the link and use the symbols to write your name.
Designing a Tomb
In many ancient cultures for rulers to live a grand and eternal life they were buried with their possessions. The pyramids are still the largest tomb complex on earth for single individuals.
Your mission as an architectural designer is to design a tomb for any historical figure that you choose. An architect uses historical precedent to study what is needed for any design. What you will need to do is find several examples of monuments and tombs to see what other have included in the past. Review Egyptians and Chinese tombs to see what they included.
Your design can be any size and any shape. Use graph or grid paper to organize your thoughts. However, do not let the grid control your design. Use it only for diagramming. When architects organize their ideas for a building it is called bubble diagramming. First bubble your spaces and needs. For hints on bubbling do an image search for Architectural Bubble Diagrams.