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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Collaborative Design and Build – day1

Architect and Designer James Sale Joined us from his practice Co-DB (Collaborative design and build) to lead our popular architecture inspired course. Describing themselves as a team of experienced designers, doers and makers they are well placed to help children tackle large scale building projects, encouraging them to solve problems and see opportunities wherever they arise.

IMG_E3256Over the last month I have been looking at a range of architectural projects that use materials in interesting ways. Matt and Fiona exhibited a wonderful project at the Whitechapel Gallery showing how a group of children collaborated on designing their own ‘Room for Art’IMG_3034

IMG_3040My son’s cub group explored how to create a structure using marshmallows and spaghetti.

And at the exclusive Mayfair Gallery, Hauser and Wirth Polish artist Monika Sosnowska explores  materials in a very architectural and sculptural way.

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I collected a vast array of materials for the children to experiment with in this 2 day workshop We like to give children opportunities to use new and exciting materials that will stretch the imagination.IMG_3173 IMG_3175 As the children arrived they were asked to draw together, exploring the word architecture.DSC_0003

Very quickly their ideas about buildings came to life on the paper.IMG_3215DSC_0009 DSC_0018

We then did some physical activities to make buildings with our bodiesDSC_0021

And explored structures with single sheets of paper.DSC_0023 DSC_0027


Challenge number one was to build a bridge to support a box of rubbers.

Children experimented with tearing, folding and crumpling, testing their ideas as they went.DSC_0036 DSC_0042 DSC_0044

We found that more folds make a stronger bridge.IMG_3225

We then measured the room and learnt to draw a scaled plan which we will build on over the 2 daysDSC_0049 DSC_0053 DSC_0054

We then began to explore our materials. Challenge 2, was to build the tallest tower that could suspend a single shoe.DSC_0062 DSC_0063 DSC_0064 DSC_0069 DSC_0072

Some groups nearly got to the ceiling!DSC_0075 DSC_0076 DSC_0080 DSC_0082

Some structures became quite sculptural.DSC_0084 DSC_0089

We measured them all to see which was the tallest.DSC_0090 DSC_0091

After lunch we were given the task to build a structure that we could get inside. This kept us busy for the rest of the afternoon!DSC_0093 DSC_0098

We worked in teams, cutting, joining and solving problems as we wentDSC_0099 DSC_0100 DSC_0102 DSC_0103 DSC_0106 DSC_0107 DSC_0109 DSC_0112 DSC_0116 DSC_0119 DSC_0126 DSC_0127

Our buildings turned into factories, houses, shelters and dens.DSC_0130

We added windows and doors.DSC_0131 DSC_0132 DSC_0134

Decorative elements DSC_0136 DSC_0138 DSC_0141 DSC_0144 DSC_0145

We even began to create pets to live with us!DSC_0147 DSC_0148

Someone built a dungeonDSC_0151 DSC_0173DSC_0153 DSC_0155 DSC_0156 DSC_0157 DSC_0158 DSC_0160 DSC_0161 DSC_0162 DSC_0163 DSC_0164 DSC_0166

We added curtains and pictures .DSC_0168 DSC_0172DSC_0174 DSC_0176 DSC_0179

Lots of small details started to emerge

We ended the day by climbing into our buildings and making a plan for how to develop them tomorrow.DSC_0182 DSC_0184


We also started to map them onto our plan.

We can’t wait to see how these individual buildings develop tomorrow, how we join them together to make a city and how we map them on our plans.

To see Day 2’s Activities Click HERE

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