11 April 2011
each spring, first year students from our program travel to monticello + fallingwater on a single trip with often quite memorable experiences in dining:
 way too much fast food in a 48-hour time frame, balanced by the amish-style country breakfast at the castleman inn (grantsville, md);
 entertainments with the on-bus movies (avatar, 27 dresses, and some documentary that i couldn't follow with parrot feathers being withdrawn from live animals);
 overnight accommodations in a building that i am quite sure doesn't meet building code;
 a 9-hour bus ride back through pouring rain, driving winds, and poor bus brakes...
...but those moments don't eclipse the opportunity to see up close thomas jefferson's great amusement on the little mountain and frank lloyd wright's studies on geometries in the forest...
...a terrific time by all.
i've been experimenting with quick sketch grids for visiting historic sites as a means to capture many details, because there's not ample time for overall sketches. i post the one from monticello and three from fallingwater...both accomplished during the respective tours.