Art was not something that Bianca DiGiovanni thought she would create when she decided to pursue an engineering degree, but when the civil and environmental engineering department offered a drawing class in combination with the Lewis Center for the Arts , she decided to give it a try.
“I thought maybe I would find out I was a brilliant artist,” DiGiovanni, a sophomore, said with a laugh. “I found out otherwise, but I did learn a lot.”
“When you draw, it is an extension of your mind,” she said. “It is another way to generate ideas.”
The drawing sessions are not required for the course, but they will probably help with the notebooks in which students are required to record their design experiences that are part of the “Mechanics of Solids” class.
“It definitely gave me more confidence in drawing,” DiGiovanni said. “There has to be an aesthetic in engineering, a way to connect from the science to the application.”
Photo credit Eve Ascheim