Dearest Studio Friends,
Over this spring time while we have been away from Studio you have offered so much friendship, creativity, and happiness to our community!
Through learning about and designing architecturally, you have exercised your imagination in ways that will always allow you to build your ideas out into the world.
Thinking, playing, and creating like an architect is a lot like being a musician. There are so many possibilities, infinite possibilities, for unique creative places built for human beings to live in and be inspired by.
As we wind down our spring experience and bring our architectural explorations to a close, we'll look at and identify very key parts and elements of architectural buildings. As we draw and make collages about these great constructs, we'll listen to some of our favorite music. Many of these musical pieces are some of our most loved sonic backdrops of the many adventures we hold together daily and through the seasons in play with your friends and teachers. We also get to share that special music now with all of your families.
The wonderful and infinite world of architecture consists of buildings, structures, and environments in which people live, play, and work.
Architecture is designing buildings for people to
live, play, and work in.
ENVISION - To hold an idea in your mind’s eye or imagination.
To hold an idea in one's minds eye or imagination.
You can display your drawings and creations around your home--whether they are 2D or 3D--to remind you of the great power of your imagination. Remember: The purpose of art and creativity is to express yourself. It is important to express your thoughts, feelings, and the things that you envision and find most interesting and worthy of sharing in real time and space of the world.
Each day, as you look at the galleries of these main elements of architecture, and then draw, sketch, collage, design, and/or build in these shapes, remember your great ability to piece together your big and small creative ideas. As you create and imagine, listen to the selected Studio musical pieces and allow them to inspire your process!
OBSERVE AND DRAW + SKETCH
FRAMES, ARCHS & DOMES
Frames are the outline of a shape. Frames are the structures that hold the body of the shape.
A windows shape can be held within its frame.
Arch are upside down U-shaped structures that often sit in front of another building or place as a special entry through which to pass to be a part of that which is beyond. Sometimes they are also erected as monuments.
Domes appear as the top half of a large ball on a building. Much like a tower, they occupy a great and tall space on building structure and may often have a windows or skylights within them.
OBSERVE AND DRAW + SKETCH
PILLARS, WALLS, SKYLIGHTS
Pillars are cylinder and tower shaped walls that help hold up the structure of the upper levels of a building.
Walls are the large veritical planes that hold up a structure and also divide up the space inside of a building.
A window, often large, on the ceiling that looks out onto the sky and other places
high up on that level of the building.
OBSERVE AND DRAW + SKETCH
STAIRS, WINDOWS & TOWERS
Stairs are long planks that stack and run horizontally and diagonally up and down a building structure that allow us to move to different levels and floors.
Windows are connections that allow us to see the outside of a building from within,
and inside of the building from the outside.
Towers are parts of building that stretch up much higher in height than the rest of the building. Often they are rectangular or cylinder shaped.
OBSERVE AND DRAW + SKETCH
DOORS, PIAZZAS & FOUNDATIONS
Doors are the openings from where we enter and exit a building.
Piazzas are courtyards or town and city squares that are open and that are surrounded by many other buildings to form a large enclosed are for people to meet and celebrate and relax.
The foundation of a building is the very bottom layer from which the rest of the building is erected.
DAY FIVE & SIX
MOVEMENT & BREATHING:
Today and for many days to come you can take big architectural and big idea breaths.
Breathing in, close your eyes and think of any shape at all. As you open your eyes, breathe out using your arms and hands to blow out that shape in front of you. Do this breathing exercise a few times, each time thinking of a different type of shape or of the shape being filled with different colors.
Breathing in, close your eyes and imagine a bright, warm, and swirling light filling all of you. As you open your eyes, breathe out and imagine that light spreading out into one of your favorite places, much like sunlight. Do this breathing exercise a few times, each time thinking of a building or place in nature to which you can blow your luminous breath.
Breathing in, close your eyes, and imagine yourself near a place that makes you feel free and fills you with curiosity and wonder! Where are you? Take in the details and the feel of this place. Perhaps there is a light wind touching your face as you breathe in. As you open your eyes, breathe out and imagine a building in that place that weaves harmoniously among all of the details of nature.
Find a calm seat on the floor and become comfortable.
Archs & Domes
As you remember what arches & domes look like, you can bend your body in their same formation.
Slowly rise up and move your arms and hands about and around your head to become the shape of the top half of a circle--a dome!
Repeating these two steps three to five times, bend, arch, rise, bow, open, and expand over and over again just like arches & domes.
Bend, rise, open, and expand!
Towers & Pillars
As you remember what towers and pillars look like, stand as tall as your body will allow you to stretch (perhaps even rising up on your tippy toes) and sway strongly from the very bottom of your foundation to the very top of your tower that looks out and down at the surrounding landscape.
As a tower, you need strength to stand, and your structure must also be flexible in all of its strength. Sway, reach up, breathe, sway, and reach up!
Pillars are the main sources of strength for many buildings, perhaps even the inside of your tower. Exercise the strength of each of your pillars, your legs! Stand on one leg for as many seconds as possible. Stand as straight and as tall as you can on that one pillar, however, do not sway. These pillars of strength will remain still and erect and unmovable.
Continue the same exercise of pillar strength on the opposite leg. You can even take both arms and reach up high into the tower, giving the tower more strength and height from your foundation. Breathe in and out as you switch legs and repeat.
THINKING LIKE AN ARCHITECT
Remember that all light coming through a window can be an inspiration to the ideas of someone inside somewhere.
Always think like an architect!
Find a specific spot in your home or somewhere out in nature that can be a special place that you can go to with your family to experience quiet, stillness, and a lot of peace. It should be a place that gives you a sense of calm within yourself. Perhaps it is by a body of water, under a tree, on a hill, or deep into the forest.
Remember this place even when you can't go there--remember the feeling that it brings and know that the feeling of peace is within you always.
Remember that architects strive to make spending time both inside and outside of buildings experiences of special purpose for human beings, which can cause many different feelings and a sense of wonder.
Wherever you are, and wherever you go, look around and think about how the buildings, homes, and places where people roam were created or could be changed to make for the best of living and wonder.
When you look out into nature, think about the ways that buildings could be built around and in harmony with the environment.