Computer Aided Design
After time spent getting used the basic drawing tools, students are taught how to create complex shapes, move and duplicate objects on the page, and set up a basic garden design plan using basic rendering from existing libraries and later also creating their own colours and textures.
The idea of using layers and classes to organise their drawings is investigated. Students are shown how using these impacts on the final drawings exported to print.
Vectorworks has numerous resources, and time is spent looking at these. Students are also shown how to make their own symbols to help develop their own individual drawing style.
After the garden has been drawn and rendered in Vectoroworks, students are shown how to export various drawings for the client, the contractors and themselves.
Once the basic drawing skills are mastered, the course ends by going full circle and look at importing in professional surveys, image files and PDFs. We also spend time looking at how to draw up your own survey. This is tought at the end of the course when students have a better understanding of the Workspace and how to use the programme.
Students can work on their own survey or the tutor will provide you with a basic boundary plan to work on throughout the course.
A degree of home study is expected in order for you to get the most from the course. The tutor will provide you with email support throughout the course.
A free student edition of Vectorworks 2015/16 will be available to you for a period of three months from when you activate the software. It is recommended you activate a few days before to allow you a period of time after the course ends to study the skills learnt in the final lesson.
A 3D Image of a Garden Design by Nigel L Philips
A 2D Plan of a Garden Design
Part of a 2D Garden Design Plan
An Example of a Construction Drawing