"Adventuring through Appalachia" aptly describes the outdoor excursions of Summer Academy's Track 6: Architetcure and Design. The track student recently embarked on their final excursuion of their six weeks together, with cameras and sketchbooks in hand to capture two historical Newport, Virginia, landmarks: Gravel Hill Christian Church and Sinking Creek Covered Bridge, circa 1835 and 1916 respectively.
C.L. Bohannon, assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Design in the College or Architecture and Urban Studies, has enjoyed being a part of Summer Academy with opportunities to take the students outside the classroom to interact with their environment.
"The Seeing Design course is about teaching the freshman students about their built and natural environment and seeing the world in a new way that maybe they have not realized before through sketching and photography," Bohannon said.
On this day, students were asked to observe the church upon approach from below, as well as focus on how the building is situated on the hill within the landscape of the valley. Other photo prompts included observing the relationship of the church to the valley it overlooks, as well as how the volume of the church sits on the ground. The latter included focusing on the relationship between vertical and horizontal lines and planes.
Other excursuions have included a day at the Cascades National Recreation Trail, a favorite of many of the students, as well as Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Photos and video by Peter Means