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Explore Architecture: Night at the Museum (Flex)

In this maker-based workshop, we take a look at museum architecture, invent an art collection and create our own pocket gallery to showcase it. Students learn to simultaneously be the architect, the artist and the curator of their museum.
Fifi Henderson
306 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$16 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings

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Class Experience

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.
This Flex class is designed for learners to work at their own pace over the course of 4 weeks. 
For the museum: a cereal box, chipboard (or 1/4" or 1/8" foam core if your learner is able to use a box cutter with parental supervision) masking tape or hot glue scissors Straight edge (metal if you are using it to cut foam core) (Note: The museum walls will be strips of cardboard or foam core cut to 3" in height. Parents might want to help younger learners or have your learner measure them themselves, draw a pencil line, then use scissors to cut the lengths from a cereal box. These can be painted white or used as is.) 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", 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
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Fifi Henderson
Lives in the United States
306 total reviews
260 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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