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This month would have marked the start of the Toyko Olympics. Although we will have to wait another year to watch the Games, I thought for this month’s Art Club that I’d take us back to the location of the last Summer Olympics: Rio. The UFO-looking building we are drawing is the Niterói Contemporary Art Gallery created by the iconic architect Oscar Niemeyer. It’s also fitting to look at Brazilian architecture this month given that UNESCO has awarded Brazil as its first ever ‘World Capital of Architecture’ for 2020. Happy drawing!

Step 1:

Draw a box 13cm across by 4cm high. It should look something like this. Draw in a dashed horizontal central line, 2cm above the bottom horizontal line of your rectangle.

Step 2:

Measure 2.5cm from the top left-hand corner of your rectangle and draw a straight horizontal line from the 2.5cm mark to the end of your rectangle. Leave a small gap above this line for the roof of the art gallery.

0.8cm below the central line we are going to draw a 6cm horizontal line. This will be the bottom part of your gallery. Make a mark 4.7cm in from the furthest left hand side (FLHS) and another 10.7cm from the FLHS. Join up those two marks to make your 6cm horizontal line.

Draw straight lines to join up the base with the top of the art gallery. Where the line meets the base, curve those lines slightly.

Step 3:

Draw in a curved line above the top line of the gallery. This is the roof of the gallery.

Let’s draw the stand on which the Niteroi sits. Measure 2cm on either side of the base line of the art gallery. From those points you have marked out, draw 2 vertical lines 0.7cm long. At the bottom of the two lines you have drawn we are going to draw an 8.5 cm line. Measure 1.2cm in from the furthest edges of the gallery (see the drawing for reference). Draw an 8.5cm horizontal line below the stand you have just drawn to connect these two points. 0.5cm below this line, draw another horizontal line parallel to this one. This time make the line 9cm long. Draw in 2 diagonal lines to join up your parallel lines.

Step 4:

Now that we have the proportions of our Eiffel Tower drawn in, we can add further details. From the top of your triangle draw two further curved lines down to the top platform. Make sure these lines follow the shape of the outline of the Eiffel Tower. Continue these curved lines in the middle section of the tower. Make sure to leave a 1cm gap at the top of this middle section. Draw a horizontal line 0.5cm below the bottom platform. These curved lines will end in the bottom section of your tower where they meet this horizontal line. To complete the base of your tower, draw in a semicircle. Leave a 1cm gap from the bottom-left-hand corner and the bottom right hand corner on either side of your semicircle.

Step 5:

For the ramp access to the gallery draw a 2cm horizontal line next to the gallery, 0.3cm below the bottom line of the windows. Add a parallel 2cm line, 0.4cm below that one. 0.4cm above the first line you drew, draw another horizontal line 1.9cm long. Draw a parallel line above this line, but this time, 1.6cm long. Join up the lines you have just drawn to create an elongated C shape. Draw in two diagonal lines, each approximately 3cm long, down to the bottom left hand corner of your original 13cm x 4cm box. Finally, where the bottom of your C shape meets the diagonal ramp you have just drawn; draw in a small rectangle, which ends just above the ramp. Then draw a thin rectangle above that one which ends at the top of the C shape. See the image for reference.

As a final touch, why not add a splash of colour?

I’d love to see your finished entries! Tag @thegibraltarmagazine and @b_garcia_art on Instagram for a chance to be featured. Look forward to seeing them.

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