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Explore Architecture 102: Viewscapes (1-Wk Camp)

Learn the language of architecture in this 1-week camp where we explore the visual connection between a person and the spatial arrangement of urban and landscape features in 5 distinct projects focused on the view.
Fifi Henderson
305 total reviews for this teacher
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55 minutes
per class
5x per week
over 1 week
8-13
year olds
3-12
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Wicked Workshop is a maker-based program that introduces youth to architecture through reality-based projects that tackle "wicked" problems like inadequate housing and environmental health. We teach decision-making strategies, complex problem solving, and critical thinking methods recognized as vital 21st century skills necessary to succeed in work, life and citizenship through a straightforward hands-on curriculum based on authentic projects that foster independent thinking, self-directed learning, exploration, iteration and creativity.  
Wicked workshop is taught by Phyllis (Fifi) Henderson.  A mom to two active girls, an architect and an educator, Fifi creates learning experiences opportunities that build self-esteem, independence and critical thinking skills.  As an educator with a PhD in architectural history and theory, she recognized that Design Thinking was being used outside of professional design practice to help resolve issues in multiple industries including business and societal sectors.  Design Thinking is a non-linear, strategy-based process for problem solving that tackles issues through empathy and iterative hands-on making. It was developed by Stanford University’s “d” school for people in business, higher education, the public sector and K-12 education as a process to create real change. As an architect, Fifi practiced this methodology and recognized it as a direct extension of her traditional university architecture school curriculum. After completing her PhD, she decided to scale that learning experience for a younger audience. Working with kids on big problems has been one of the most rewarding aspects of her career and she is continually energized by the ideas, dynamism and joy that kids bring to wicked problems.
There is no homework, although all of our projects carry the likely potential to add more details over time.
MATERIALS: General supplies for all projects: a glue stick, masking tape, clear tape and scissors. Feel free to include hot glue (if your child is skilled using it) and any other craft supplies you have available. Don't be too worried about what you have or don't have. Encourage your learner to be creative and work with what they have. Monday: Build an Infinity House: Must have: 1 Cereal Box Hot glue or masking tape Scissors Fun to have for details and embellishment:Markers, artificial plants (add a garden!), colored beads, gems, pompoms, colored plastic, leaves from your yard, string, feathers, bubble wrap, tissue paper, rubber bands, clay, patterned paper, hole punch, sticks of any kind, fabric scraps... Tuesday: Learn to Draw Two-Point Perspective This class comes with 2 perspective drawing worksheets to be printed before class. Materials: pencil ruler plain paper or printed worksheets Wednesday: Mirrored Worlds & Tessellation Cereal Box or chipboard masking tape Scissors Glue stick Once our design is complete, it's fun (but not critical) to think about mirroring it with details and embellishment at the end: Anything shiny! aluminum foil, mirrored paper/cardstock, holographic sticker, mirrored/holographic tap, sequined fabric, jewels with sticky back; shiny beads, etc. Thursday: Jungle Treehouse colored paper a cereal box bamboo skewers masking tape scissors Feel free to think outside the box! Having other materials just for fun and embellishment is great too. Here are some ideas: sticks from the yard, dowels, clothespins, smoothfoam (for a base), bamboo skewers, fabric (for a canopy or hammock), pom poms for fun forest flora and fauna, artificial plants, leaves, flowers, string (making a terrifying treetop canopy rope bridge or zip line?), straws, balloons , popsicle sticks Friday: Night at the Museum For the museum: a cereal box or chipboard masking tape or hot glue scissors Straight edge (Note: No preparation is necessary, but if you'd like to prepare ahead, we will be making several strips of thin cardboard or heavy paper cut approximately 3" by any length for the museum walls) For paintings/wall art in your museum, anything goes! Some suggestions include: clippings from a magazine of cool images or patterns (keep it small in height - about 2.5" so it will fit on your walls) plain paper patterned cardboard (cereal boxes or cracker boxes are colorful and easy to cut) markers colored pencils gel pens paint For "sculpture" to put in your museum, anything goes! Be creative and collect 2-3 beautiful objects that are small. Here are some suggestions: cool screws, washers, metal things, rocks, thumbtacks, tiny seashells, decorative beads, leaves, acorns, pencil shavings Not required, but nice to have: Print out our Box Template (we'll demonstrate how to make a simple pedestal) Print out our Scale Figure Template for People
4 hours 35 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.

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Fifi Henderson
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Lives in the United States
PhD, LEED AP
305 total reviews
248 completed classes

About Me

I’m a mom to two active girls, an architect and an educator.  As a mom, I spend a lot of time looking for opportunities for my girls to build self-esteem, independence and critical thinking skills.  As an educator with a PhD in architectural... 
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