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Join us for our Kindergarten Academy Aug. 13-15 to prepare students and parents! Complete registration form below.
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The flying classroom would be a good one to take on a field trip overthe Grand Canyon, noted one expert. And aluminum foil on a door? That could bea great source of solar energy. Parents got toview all the children's work in a gallery display after the presentation wascomplete.
The class wastaught under the guidance of Erin Gettis, the City Historic PreservationOfficer, who volunteered her time to teach the class of 24 kindergarten-sixthstudents with assistance from parent Amanda Hughes and 6th grade teacher ScottBrennan.
Students met every Monday for 6 weeks duringwhich they learned a variety of hands-on architectural skills. At the very first class they built quickmodels of their ideal classroom and presented them to each other. In subsequent classes students learned how tocreate architectural drawings like plans with section and elevation views -- firstof fruit and later of a room at home using their own foot as a measuringtool. Rachel McLure visited from thePublic Utilities Department of Riverside City Hall and shared how toincorporate green building principles like skylights, water collection, andgreen roof systems. The students learnedhow to identify the entry of buildings through clues like the path, doubledoors, porches, tower elements, and symmetry and studied plans of buildings tolearn how to identify public and private spaces.
Gettissaid some of the students changed their visual understanding of builtenvironments during the course. They began by designing in 2 dimensions in thefirst class and 6 weeks later gaining the ability to design in 3-dimensions fortheir final project - a model students built of their ideal art schools. In the final project, students werechallenged to include all the things they learned throughout the class, i.e.green building principles, a sense of entry, and public/private spacedelineation.
Final models were built of “found objects” likeboxes, cardboard tubes, popsicle sticks, and other items the students andfamilies of Bryant Elementary donated to design projects that were constructed with scissors, glue and paperdonated by a local school supply company.
At the final presentation, juried bydistinguished plan members from the community (Al Zelinka Community DevelopmentDepartment Director at the City of Riverside; Park and Public UtilitiesPlanner; and designer Rachel McClure; and Thomas Riggle, Owner and architect ofTR Design Group and City Planning Commissioner), the students presented avariety of art classrooms that captured the imagination and innovation forwhich the school is becoming well-known. One student designed a flying classroom, another designed an outdoorclassroom in a courtyard with soft cushions and nature around, another studentdesigned a classroom surrounded entirely by a tunnel, and yet another designeda cable system to connect all of her rooms by a series of pulleys andelevators. Many of the projects weredesigned with water towers collecting rain water and solar panels placed on theroof for alternative green energy. Several students created a sense of entry with tower elements andwindows and skylights throughout for natural light and ventilation.
The class was a wonderful example of communitypartnerships that benefit a unique teaching and learning opportunity for bothstudents, who were introduced to architecture, and community volunteers whopracticed teaching in a 6 week time span to a varied age group from grades K-6,one day a week.
Panel member Riggle said, "It was great tosee how thoughtful and creative all of the kids are!! I could tell that some ofthem really liked designing and I’d bet they will take it further...I know I’mlooking at the world a little differently after Monday's event."
Mr. Zelinka said, "The students reminded meof the hopeful future that is in store."
Bryant Music and Theater Groups Showcase Night
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