The Sketch Atlas is a tool for learning and teaching with high quality video tutorials on the topic of architectural sketching (freehand drawing).

The Sketch Atlas is a product developed by Hasselt University at the Faculty of Architecture and arts. The Sketch Atlas is a ™-product.

Everybody can learn to draw. Freehand architectural drawing can be learned step by step. It’s our mission to prove this.

At the moment the video content focuses on a complete course in the basic foundations of architectural freehand drawing divided in 2 modules. There is also a third non-tutorial module focusing on the implementation of freehand drawing in the work of architects.

Module 1: From Line to Space
– From basic markmaking to more complex designs.
– Perspective understanding and constructive approach to drawing.

Module 2: Seeing and Measuring
– Drawing from observation with step-by-step landmarks.
– Analytical understanding and seeing critically. 

Module 3: Narrations
– Talks about sketchbooks and design-process.
– Get inspired by other architects and students.

The Sketch Atlas can be used by teachers for both in class and online teaching, as a full curriculum on the basics of freehand drawing or as an addition to their existing teaching.
The tutorials cover principles and techniques, but not assignments since those are specific to each education.

The Sketch Atlas can be used by students to improve their skills in freehand drawing wherever they want, being it as an add-on to their existing education or as a self exploratory curriculum.  

The Sketch Atlas is a work-in-progress. At the moment there are 14 tutorials ready to be watched.
We expected to be on 28 tutorials (8,5 hours) by the end of year. The main focus of the tutorials is foundations of freehand drawing.

The Sketch Atlas consists of a thumbnail grid of videos.

You can navigate by chapters, tags and search function. You can also start watching from left to right, top to bottom since they are in chronological order. 

If you click on a thumbnail of a video, a video-player will appear. You can navigate by using the chapters and adapt the playback speed to your own liking

The Sketch Atlas also consists of a feedback application for teachers and students in an organisation. This way teachers and students have an easy way to connect over their work.

For teachers the main goals are to easily set-up assignments, navigate large amounts of student submissions and give feedback in set parameters

For students the main goals are to easily have an overview of assignments with deadlines, receive structured feedback and watch the work of peers.

You can always contact us for a demo if you are interested in the Sketch Atlas for your organisation.

We also have pre-recorded demonstration from when the Sketch Atlas was still more in development. The interface and main features mostly stayed the same.

At this time, it’s all about the basics of freehand drawing. We start from scratch and build a strong foundation for students. This way they are better prepared for more advanced subjects, techniques and applying drawing in their designs. We do have plans to produce more content on more advanced topics.

We expect the price to be between 25 and 50 EUR per user per year. Unfortunately, you can’t sign up yet. If you are interested in a login to our platform, let us know at sketch@uhasselt.be.

You will be able to buy an individual license in the future, but not just yet.

Of course, your feedback is very welcome. If you have any suggestions or remarks, please let us know at sketch@uhasselt.be.