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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Collaborative Design and Build – day 1

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.

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Back in February I visited James in his vibrant East London studio/workshop where the plans for this holiday course were borne.

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We began the morning by thinking about what architecture meant to us and making some drawings.

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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

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Then in larger groups

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We spent some time looking closely at the materials we had gathered – I have made friends with all my local tradespeople now!

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We explored what they could do

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Boxes

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Foam tubes

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Corex

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We worked very hard, using tape, string and staples to build as high as we could.

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One group made it to the very top!DSC_0281

James measured each structure to find a winner! It was very close!

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After lunch we did some more drawings to adapt and change what we had already made to construct buildings we could get inside.

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James also showed us some handy joining techniques to help us step away from the tape!

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And off we went! Our ideas kept us busy most of the afternoon.

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We worked well in our teams

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Or sometimes on our own if we wanted.

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We worked on the exterior and interior of our structures, adding flooring and even gardens.DSC_0372 DSC_0376

We took a few small breaks to survey our plans

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and have a drink  and snack in our new dens!

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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.

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Once the main structures were complete we began to decorate and add some luxurious features.

Wallpaper

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Clocks and TV screens

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Fixtures and fittings

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Kitchen and even food

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Names and numbers were added

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We took a tour of all the structures and thought about what we could improve or change.

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We were learning from each other.

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Tomorrow we will start to connect these structures together and develop our new city.

To see what happened in day 2 click here.

 

 

 

 

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