Architect and designer James Sale from Collaborative Design and Build joined us for two days of large scale making, where we learnt about the principles of architecture and design.
Back in February I visited James in his vibrant East London studio/workshop where the plans for this holiday course were borne.
We began the morning by thinking about what architecture meant to us and making some drawings.
James spoke to the children about their ideas, then we warmed up by making structures with our bodies.
First we worked in 2’s and 3’s
Then in larger groups
We spent some time looking closely at the materials we had gathered – I have made friends with all my local tradespeople now!
We explored what they could do
We worked very hard, using tape, string and staples to build as high as we could.
James measured each structure to find a winner! It was very close!
After lunch we did some more drawings to adapt and change what we had already made to construct buildings we could get inside.
James also showed us some handy joining techniques to help us step away from the tape!
And off we went! Our ideas kept us busy most of the afternoon.
We worked well in our teams
Or sometimes on our own if we wanted.
We took a few small breaks to survey our plans
and have a drink and snack in our new dens!
A strange kind of city began to emerge and the feel of the room changed dramatically. I think you will agree the children were very inventive.
Once the main structures were complete we began to decorate and add some luxurious features.
Clocks and TV screens
Fixtures and fittings
Kitchen and even food
Names and numbers were added
We took a tour of all the structures and thought about what we could improve or change.
We were learning from each other.
Tomorrow we will start to connect these structures together and develop our new city.
To see what happened in day 2 click here.