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- Richmond, VA
Architectural Design Teacher Resources
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Students study African traditional architecture. They examine how African ornaments, wall painting and motifs use geometric shapes to express and explain the culture. They discuss the ornaments and architectural designs in the setting and period they were executed and use these as examples in developing ornaments for their own use.
Sixth graders review the various immigrant groups who settled in the Newhallville neighborhood. In groups, they compare the boundaries of the neighborhood in the past and today. Using the Internet, they research the types of industries in the area and how they have affected New Haven and its prosperity. To end the lesson, they guess on what the town might look like in 2040.
Students explore the role of green roofing and rooftop gardening in contemporary architectural design. They then conduct collaborative research to learn about the history, process, science, and environmental impact of green roofing. Students then create a presentation to highlight what they have learned.
Sixth graders focus on the use of geometry when creating art. They begin to see the array of geometric concepts in works of art and architecture. Learners engage in visual art and architecture activities in order to further their understanding of the connection between geometry and art. This two-week series of lessons would be worthwhile to use with your class.
After viewing images of vernacular and alternative architecture, budding designers collect materials to construct their own spacial design. They use gathered materials to construct a 3D model of the class space in a new way, yet completely to scale. This activity engages problem solving skills critical and creative thinking, as well as spatial awareness.
Here is an amazingly thorough, and detailed, lesson plan on elements of art and art appreciation. Designed for third graders, this series of lessons should open up the eyes of your charges to the wonderful world of art that is all around them every day. The four main topics are: art appreciation, elements of art, relevance of art, and original art. Fantastic activities and hands-on art projects are embedded in this fine plan.
Explore the possibilities of buildings, public spaces, and architectural design. Learners examine the work of SANAA architects Sejima & Nishizawa through background information, images, and guided class discussion. This lesson includes image links, a great vocabulary list, and excellent discussion questions that foster a critical understanding of art, space, and design.