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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Collaborative Design and Build – day 2

Day two of Collaborative design and build – our 2 day architecture course.

To see a description of day one click here

Children revisited their ideas of architecture in drawings and compared them to their initial thoughts –  they began to incorporate elements from their own structuresDSC_0001 DSC_0002 DSC_0003

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As they arrived in the morning they were keen to get straight back in to developing their houses and buildings.

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We then met as a group to talk about some technical ideas to help make our buildings stronger.

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We talked about supports, thresholds, struts and spans.DSC_0014 DSC_0016

We thought about bridges and what makes them so strong.

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Triangles, circles and arches are strong shapes – we should try to incorporate them into our buildings.

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James set us another challenge to build a bridge – using just one sheet of paper, strong enough to hold a pile of rubbers.
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We tested them to see which was the most effective.DSC_0036 DSC_0040 DSC_0044

The strongest held about 42 rubbers….and a gluestick!DSC_0050

Here is the winning design. Lots of folds using triangular shapes….we were listening!DSC_0059

We then got back to work on our buildings, incorporating some of the techniques we had learnt.

We were busy, busy, busy!

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We got to use some grown up tools – well supervised of course!DSC_0076 DSC_0084 DSC_0085 DSC_0088

We were improving our structures based on our newly acquired skills and knowledge.

More triangles appeared!

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We also moved further into the world of fixtures and fittings. Some made curtains for windows.DSC_0095 DSC_0096

Post boxes

DSC_0101 Stained glass windows letting light and colour flood in.

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Then it was lunch in the park, with the added task to collect natural found elements to incorporate into our designs.DSC_0108

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Can you spot the daffodils we found,

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the twigs to make a real apple tree

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and the real daisies for the artificial garden
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James then began to show us how to draw a plan of the room – a real architectural skill. We measured the room and drew onto gridded paper at a scale of 1m:2cm. It was tricky for some of the younger children but the older ones helped them out – which was lovely to see.

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We began to think about where our buildings would be positioned on the map and in the room as we thought about presenting the work to our parents.DSC_0155 DSC_0158

We moved the buildings into place and added roads. We decided as a group how the space should look.
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The city began to take shape for real.DSC_0176 DSC_0182 DSC_0183 DSC_0186

We added the roads and buildings to our map.DSC_0187 DSC_0188 DSC_0194 DSC_0195 DSC_0196

James helped us to make them detailed and accurate.DSC_0198 DSC_0201

We made a tracing paper overlay onto the plan and added more imaginary elements to the map.DSC_0202 DSC_0204 DSC_0205 DSC_0206 DSC_0207

Some of these imaginary items then became a reality!DSC_0209 DSC_0210

 

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We were now ready to present our city to our parents. The finishing touches were put in place.DSC_0218 DSC_0219

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The maps complete and ready to use as a guide.DSC_0232 DSC_0233 DSC_0234

We were very proud of our workDSC_0238 DSC_0241 DSC_0246 DSC_0249

It was a shame to have to take it down…but it will live on in our memories for a while to come….and inspire us in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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