Spring term: Saturday 1, 15, 29 February and 7, 14, 28 March 2020
Pauline Caroline Jones
This comprehensive and inspiring taster course presents an opportunity for both the amateur and more experienced gardener to gain an insight into the world of garden design.
Students will be guided through a design project from concept through to completion and at the end of the course there will be an informal appraisal of each others work.
Classes are informal and collaborative, delivered through a combination of illustrative slides, workshops and practical sessions, with informative handouts for future reference. Pauline is passionate about her subject, enjoys sharing knowledge and encourages her students to do the same.
THE COURSE INCLUDES
- Surveying techniques: Baseline measurements, offsets, triangulation, measuring curves. Drawing up an accurate survey: Deciding on a scale, plotting dimensions, transferring measurements.
- Design theory and practice: Definition and explanation of each principle, its purpose and how it is achieved in garden design: Unity and contrast, scale and proportion, spatial division, light and shade, texture, colour theory, influences of time, iconology, focal points, and illusion.
- Design development – Stages in the development of design drawings: Using the bubble diagram and working with the grid system as design tools. Designing with shapes, lines and patterns: Explanation of how shapes, lines and patterns can be effective in the design process. Movement and repose, manipulating space, combining shapes, using themes. Character and direction of lines. Composition, rhythm and repetition of patterns.
- The principles of planting and colour theory. Definition and explanation of each principle, its purpose and how it is achieved in garden design: Scale, proportion, shape, form, texture, light Colour theory: Colour saturation, tone, light distribution, the colour wheel.
- Basic presentation and draughting techniques. Basic plan layout: Title block, information panel, north point. Draughting techniques: Lettering, line hierarchy, landscape symbols.
- To create a garden design and concept board as an integral part of the course.
- To undertake practical surveying and site analysis as a fundamental part of the design process.
- To use the bubble diagram and grid system as effective design tools.
- To develop an understanding of the principles of planting design.
- To employ basic drawing and draughting skills related to garden design.
Course Outcomes & Assessment
This course enables learners to develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design and utilise this knowledge to create a garden. It also forms a basis for further studies in garden design.
- Carry out a practical linear survey, accurately record and transfer measurements onto a plan.
- Experiment with variety of design development techniques.
- Demonstrate that the principles of design theory and practice have been understood.
- Discuss the principles of planting and use of colour as a major element in design.
- Employ the standard methods used for plan presentation.
No previous experience is required, although some plant knowledge would be useful, together with an abundance of enthusiasm and a desire to learn.
What You Need To Bring
You will require the following prior to commencing the course. If you are unsure of anything, the tutor will explain this in the first lesson.
Technical Drawing Equipment
- Disposable Pen, Black 0.1mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm
- Automatic Drafting pencils
- Compass set (large), comprising compass and extension bar
- Scale Rule 300mm (Scales1:10, 1:50, 1:100, 1:250, 1:500, 1:1250,1:2500)
- Linex Circle Template
- Set Square bevelled edge 45 deg.
- Low tack drafting tape
- Tracing paper layout pad A3/A2 50gsm
- Scalpel and Blades
All additional course materials are included in the course fee.