Fairy Tales in Design

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Fairy Tales in Design

Spring 2022

Taught By: Andrew Bernheimer

Section: A

CRN: 9308

Credits: 3

Architects’ delineations traffic in a kind of purity and stasis. They do not portend change; they are often abstract, a frozen figuration absent any semblance of temporal narrative. And thus, they are an illusion. The idealized architectural drawing is, itself, an unreality. It thus lends itself well to the exploration of the psychic and figurative spaces of the genre of fairy tales: stories that traffic in magic, require a suspension of disbelief, and transfigure the prosaic into the grotesque. Fairy tales, both classic and modern, from cultures around the world, are the vessel for the visual investigations produced in this course. This class will explore how drawing techniques, aesthetics, and sequencing impact narrative. What is it about the process of constructing a drawing, of telling a tale through assembling a vocabulary of parts (and not just scenes) - using the language of architecture - that permits invention in representation and narrative power in visualization? How can we explore space, and the representation of space (both physical and emotional) to differentiate our images from those we find in storybooks?

Open to: All university graduate degree students and upper level undergraduate students by permission only. Pre-requisite(s): none.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Constructed Environments (PSCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:51am 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/26/2022 - 5/11/2022