Getting Started In Architecture

In this 9 week course, you design and draw your dream home.
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Completed by 250 learners

60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 9 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Thu May 26

May 26 - Jul 28 (9 weeks)
5pm - 6pm

Thu Jun 2

Jun 2 - Aug 4 (9 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

Wed Jun 8

Jun 8 - Aug 10 (9 weeks)
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Thu Jun 23

Jun 23 - Aug 25 (9 weeks)
3pm - 4pm

Sat Jul 16

Jul 16 - Sep 10 (9 weeks)
5pm - 6pm

Wed Jul 27

Jul 27 - Sep 21 (9 weeks)
5pm - 6pm

Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Students will gain a preliminary knowledge of how to use different drawing types to express how a building is designed and constructed. This will be a general working knowledge of how architectural plans are used to describe a building. Students will design their own house and the class will be fun and exploratory in nature. Students will leave this class with a basic set of architectural plans that they drew themselves. This is a fantastic introduction to architectural drawings for anyone interested in architecture.

Specific learning outcomes include:
-Knowing how to use an architectural scale, draw and measure scaled drawings.
-How to read the symbols commonly used on architectural plans.
-Knowing the basic types of architectural drawings and how they are used to create an actual building.
-Learning how to present your ideas to others and receive constructive feedback.
I have a degree in architecture and have worked many architectural firms. I have also run my own architectural drafting and design company. 
I'm a homeschool mom of three kids and have also run a homeschool enrichment program of 30 kids where we did group projects. I love engaging students and having a chance to develop in kids lifelong skills that will serve them in many areas of their life.
Each week the students will be required to produce a drawing of the particular type we are learning. 
We will be using the Outschool classroom for videos and Flipgrid for interactions and feedback during the week before the final presentation. We will also create a Pinterest board to share ideas and spark creativity. 
During each week there will be instructional videos that present the necessary concepts and requirements for each drawing type. 
After each video there will be several small assignments that guide the students through the necessary steps to produce a high-quality architectural drawing of their home. 

At the end of each week, there will be a live meeting where students present their drawings to the class. Classmates will provide feedback and ideas. I will provide a more complete review of the drawing and presentation.
This class will have a lot of homework, but if your student likes architecture already, it shouldn't be too hard for them to complete. 

If you're a learner is on the younger side, I would recommend the parents help them with the project each week. Younger learners may need additional help at the beginning understanding how to use the architectural scale and how to design their house.
Each student will need the following supplies:
-An architectural scale
-11 by 17 graph paper
-Mechanical pencils- These are much better for drawing consistent lines on plans. Pencils that need to be sharpened will start out thin and get thick. This makes it harder to do crisp, easy-to-read drawings. 
-Eraser- I highly recommend using the white high-polimer erasers. They won't tear the paper as easily and also erase better. 
-Floor plan template at 1/4"=1'-0". For drawing furniture, plumbing fixtures and door swings. 
***Optional but really fun- Eraser shield.
All of these items are found on Amazon and or at a local art or drafting supply store. Included below are links to supplies on Amazon if you wish to purchase there. Cost varies based on where you buy them, but you should be able to get all the supplies for less than $25, any you will have a lot left over after the class.

Graph Paper:

Architectural Scale:


Floor Plan Template:

Eraser Shield:

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Each student will be assessed each week on the particular plan we are working on. In addition I will review each student's drawing each week and give constructive feedback. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.


Monica VandeventerArchitect, Homeschool Mom and Life Long Learner
171 total reviews
116 completed classes

About Me

Architect, homeschool mom and inventor at heart here. I have a degree in architecture and have worked in many architectural firms. I have helped design homes for celebrities as well as regular people, like my parents.  I run my own architectural... 
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