The elements of architecture are the kit of parts out of which classical buildings are composed. The elements, such as capitals and bases, are built up of 'shapes', and are combined to form 'orders'. The elements and orders are described in a series of reference books. Traditionally there are five such orders, distinguished mainly by their capitals. In the classical system every part has a name and we will use this vocabulary.
|The Five Orders|
|Vocabulary of the Elements|
The Story of Antiochus and Stratonike by David, left, and Ingres, right. David's image is Roman, sober and monochrome, while Ingres is Greek and erotically polychrome. Both use the Ionic order.
To understand classical composition, one must get to know the elements through drawing them according to the descriptions in the references. In the upcoming studio course we will do just that. By the end of the course you'll be knowledgeable of the ideal or 'ground state' of the elements and prepared to begin their use in composition.
|Architect Marty Brandwein drawing the Doric column|