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Mapping the World With Architecture


Explore Architecture: Night at the Museum (LIVE)

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
305 total reviews for this teacher
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75 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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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.
Please note that in our one hour together, we will get students started with a strong idea and demonstrate the basic technique for building the walls, making a flat wall art piece and a paper pedestal for displaying sculpture.  Finishing the model and most of the creative work will continue long past our 1 hour together. For a more immersive version of this class that includes site design consider the Dragon's Lair 4 Week Flex class.  
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There are two ways to go with materials for this project: 1. The Easy Way! Download and print the templates posted to our classroom page a few days before our class starts Scissors, markers, glue stick --- OR --- 2. The Other Way! Collect your own materials: For the museum: a cereal box or 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 (with parental supervision) scissors Straight edge (Note: If you'd like to prepare ahead of time, we will be making the museum walls with strips of cardboard cut to 3" in height. Parents might want to cut these ahead of time for 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 ahead of class or afterwards - or used as is.) For paintings/wall art in your museum, anything goes! Some suggestions (not requirements) 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 (not requirements): cool screws, washers, metal things rocks thumbtacks tiny seashells decorative beads leaves acorns pencil shavings I've seen this project work beautifully using both methods or a combination of the two. There's no wrong way to start! Please let me know if you have any questions. Fifi
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Fifi Henderson
Lives in the United States
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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