Learning to convert to 2D designs to 3D models

The target of visual studies for students of architecture is obviously, not to get pinned down to two-dimensional compositions. Students should cultivate their thinking to get motivated for three-dimensional compositions through two-dimensional compositions and to introduce actual space in the two-dimensional flat composition. Generally at this stage students sometimes are told to think that, as a line is actually a vertical plane seen in plane or a circle is a cylinder seen from top, thus any composition can be perceived as an assembly of three-dimensional forms. Another way to motivate the students’ minds to convert a two-dimensional mural into a three-dimensional form is to ask them to imagine the various elements of the composition at different distances and to view them from the front. Once the brain can achieve this ability, it becomes easier for the students to generate balanced two-dimensional and three-dimensional compositions with proper control.

Two-dimensional compositions full of lines, shapes, dots and colours are to be stuck on transparent acrylic sheets. Students are asked to form frames to the outer shapes and lines to the inner shapes. Some of the shapes that are in the foreground can be actually placed nearer acrylic sheets and the background colour can be put at the most remote plane. Students will experience amazingly interesting three-dimensional effects of the same two-dimensional compositions earlier made by them.

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Most mediocre and uninteresting, or sometimes monotonous compositions look interesting now. The technique of framing can be used to create a dramatic effect visually.


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