Short Hand-Drawn Lessons on Perspective


Orseolo Fasolo taught descriptive geometry at the Faculty of Architecture of the ‘Sapienza’ University in Rome, from 1966 to 1985. His teaching was characterised by his Lecture Notes, which he handed out to his students, in simple blueprint copies.

Each lesson was presented in a form that was, for the most part, graphical, on small-sized boards (31*21 cm). The drawings were accompanied by short annotations and numbers that specified the order that should be followed when reading, as well as the order of the described operations.

At a time when, in Italy, the manuals of descriptive geometry were almost solely written, with few inexpressive illustrations, this solution was very innovative and appreciated by the students.

My short ‘hand-drawn’ lessons resume, therefore, an experienced tradition of the Roman school.

Each lesson is presented in two different moments: the post, which simply introduces the topic, and the page, which delve deeper into the essential aspects. The lesson distinguishes, almost always, between the absolutely necessary theoretical concepts (Theory) and the following application to the drawing (Practise).

Fasolo (teaching exemples)