The bad news: In many cities, classrooms are officially closed for the rest of the school year due to the new coronavirus crisis – and the status of summer camps doesn’t seem too hot, either.
The best news: While they certainly don’t replace face-to-face experiences, many cultural institutions, museums, and even individual architectural firms now offer online educational opportunities focused on architecture and design, Zoom workshops. from downloadable e-coloring books to fun and family-friendly video series aimed at children trapped at home, parents and caregivers. And because creativity (and coloring as a de-stressing tool) knows no age limits, many of these opportunities are very appealing to apathetic big kids as well.
Check out some of these online activities and workshops below. Many are free and some require prior registration.
CAC @ Home and CAC for the family
The Chicago Architecture Center has revamped its upcoming family and youth-focused program schedule to allow virtual learning while in-person events are on hiatus. Starting in conjunction with each weekly edition of the CAC @ Home newsletter, the offerings include a remote iteration of Girls Build! program, three new video series (Architecture Essentials, Neighborhood Strollers, and Storytime with CAC), and more. âSchools may be closed and museums are closed, but the ACC strives to keep children, parents and teachers from learning architecture and design, including the buildings around them, while practicing distancing space at home in their own neighborhoods, âNicole said. Kowrach, vice president of the Center for Education and Public Engagement, in a statement.
In partnership with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the Center for Architecture launched #ArchitectureAtHome, a series of fun, family-friendly activities to engage, inspire and pass the time. They include drawing activities, Google Map-based treasure hunts, and tutorials on how to make pop-up buildings from paper bags.
Foster + Partners #Architecturefromhome
Sympathetic to exhausted parents who need new distractions for restless broods, London-based mega-company Fosters + Partners recently launched a strong home education initiative dubbed #Architecturefromhome that includes’ draw, make, play, think, read, watch and other activities to keep them [out of school kids] entertained, for at least a few hours! Activity templates, including âPaper Skyscrapersâ, âCreate Your Own Cityâ and âDraw Treesâ, are available for download via the #Architecturefromhome micro-site. The company encourages participants, young and old, to share their completed creations on social networks.
Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom and Virtual Summer Camp
Until May 20, the Education Department of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is hosting a virtual classroom for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students with new lessons and corresponding videos presented weekly. According to the Free Educational Initiative Foundation, which is based on a curriculum developed in collaboration with the Paradise Valley School District: âThe virtual classroom combines fun and real lessons with famous principles of organic architecture and design based on of Wright’s solutions, each STEAM-focused lesson will offer students its own variation of hands-on activities that will encourage them to think critically and creatively. Although the six-week series is now in the third week of classes, it’s never too late to participate. Upcoming courses include âCirclesâ and âThe Impact of Colorâ.
Normally held at the Taliesin West campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Foundation’s popular Art and Architecture Summer Camp also goes virtual and, for the first time, is also free. Virtual campers enrolled in the program will meet via Zoom for one hour each day of the week over three two-week sessions starting June 1.
Gensler Amazing cities coloring books
The Texas-based offices of global architectural firm Gensler have come together to publish two coloring books, Amazing cities and Amazing cities, aimed at homebound families looking for a fun, architecture-centric distraction. The free downloadable coloring books together cover over 200 pages and feature a plethora of Gensler-designed buildings across the Lone Star State, including Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin. âIn the wake of the recent COVID-19 events, we have channeled our creative energy to find a way to educate and inspire people of all ages in these trying times,â said Gerardo Gandy, partner at Gensler who designed series. D magazine. “We hope that this series will enable the public, especially young minds, to use their creativity and imagination, and that it will extend the spirit of our firm and the passion we share for our practice to our friends, clients. and community. â
The Guggenheim Museum: sketch with Jeff
Every Wednesday and Saturday at 3 p.m. during the month of May, Jeff Hopkins, artist teaching at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, will tell stories about the history of the iconic Manhattan home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through a series of sketches . Each sketch is followed by a prompt intended to inspire young viewers to create their own sketches at home. Participants are encouraged to share their completed work on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SketchWithJeff.
La Maison de Verre presents the Josef Albers Color Workshop
On May 22, the Glass House, in collaboration with the New Canaan Library, is hosting an hour-long hands-on color workshop led by Fritz Horstman, Director of Education at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. “From the book by Josef Albers Interaction of color, we are going to experiment with colors that you may already have in your home. We’re going to try our hand at the exercises that Albers invented when he was teaching at Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and Yale, such as One-Color-Becomes-Two, Reversed Grounds and Afterimage, âthe page explains. ‘event. No prior artistic experience is required to participate, although registrants should have a list of necessary materials on hand before the workshop begins. Self-directed and video guided color workshops specifically for children are also available through the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
Atlanta Design Museum: Young Designers Online
The MODA schedule of upcoming online workshops for small design enthusiasts is impressive: a three-part series on skatepark design, an introduction to using Minecraft as a CAD tool, and ongoing educational sessions for architects. and aspiring designers ages eight to 15.
The National Building Museum
Although the National Building Museum has canceled all public programming until the end of September (and does not list any upcoming virtual events on its calendar), the museum’s website has a rich resource of home learning opportunities ( Boxes of newspapers! Drawings! Construction surveys!) For locked-in families, including the recently launched cool Neighborhood Exploration series.
New museum children’s menu
While the New Museum’s Family First Saturdays programming has been canceled, the New Museum Kids Menu series continues to “provide families with activities to learn more about contemporary art and ideas at home.” Past family activities include “At Home With Portraiture: Jordan Casteel” and “The Faces of Places: Jordan Casteel”. Stay up to date with upcoming activities here.