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Middle School Architecture Intensive! - 16 Weeks of Architectural Design Rocks

Amy Gillispie
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(163)
In this sixteen-week course, which meets every other week, students ages 11 - 14 will learn architectural history, sketching, and basic architectural design and presentation skills by completing weekly design challenges and a final design project.

Class experience

By the end of the course, students will have an idea of the architectural periods throughout history, a strong foundation in drawing and modeling techniques, and will have completed a final architectural design project in the form of plans, elevations and models.

Course Objectives:
- To become familiar with some architectural vocabulary
- To become familiar with eight periods of architecture from Classical to postmodernism
- To learn the basics of design and drawing/modeling  techniques
- To be challenged to think and work “outside the box” in 2-D and physical 3-D formats
- To create a strong architecture portfolio

Short Preliminary Assignment:

Lesson 1:
Ancient/Classical Architecture
Assignment of projects/homework

Lesson 2:
Byzantine Architecture
Assignment of Projects/Homework

Lesson 3:
Gothic Architecture
Assignment of Projects/Homework

Lesson 4:
Renaissance Architecture
Assignment of Projects/homework

Lesson 5:
Baroque Architecture
Assignment of Projects/Homework

Lesson 6:
18th Century Architecture
The Final Project Assigned
Assignment of Projects/Homework

Lesson 7:
Modern Architecture
Assignment of Projects/Homework
Great week to email your instructor all of your questions!!

Lesson 8:
Post-Modern Architecture
Assignment of Projects/homework
Continue working on your final project

Lesson 9:
Presentations - Final Project is due
Since 2009, hundreds of students from around the world have taken this "Introduction to Architecture" course.  Most have followed this course with one or more of my Advanced Architecture Courses.  I am excited to be able to offer this curriculum to the OutSchool Community
Homework Offered
Students should expect to do 6-10 hours of homework for this course every two weeks/lesson. Biweekly homework is responding to the architecture history prompt, sketching, and an architectural design project.
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students are given a rubric for self-assessments, formative assessments throughout the course, and a summative assessment of their final project and portfolio. For those students wanting to use this course for credit, Mrs. G. will assign students a letter grade for each lesson and a final grade/completion certificate after a student completes the course. For students who want the experience of this course, Mrs. G. will give encouraging reviews of each lesson - but a parent must specific this intention.
Grades Offered
Website links provided by Building Brilliant Minds Online School of the Arts

Materials needed for Weeks 1 and 2 (+ ruler, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and scissors)
Drawing Paper - 120 sheets - 11" x 14" 
Sketchbook/Blank Book or Spiral Sketch Pad - 100 sheets - 9" x 12" 
Sharpe Markers - Fine or Ultra Fine or both 

Materials needed for future weeks:
Drafting Templates - Circles/Squares/Triangle - General purpose usually works fine,
Tracing Paper - 50 sheets - 9" x 12"
Architectural Triangle - 45/45/90 or 30/60/90 Degrees
12 Inch Triangular Architectural Scaled Ruler
Steel Ruler (for cutting)
poster board or card stock
foam core (11 x 14" or larger)

Misc.  Supplies dependent upon your student's ideas!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(163)
Hi!  Mrs.  G. here :).

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My husband and I have homeschooled our nine children through high school for over twenty-five years.  We have found homeschooling to be hard work yet incredibly successful! ... 
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for 9 classes
1x per week, 9 weeks
45 min

Completed by 16 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
4-15 learners per class

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