WORKSHOP: a house and a house

Workshop: A House and a House. 2010
Children aged 8-11 years old.

These are the results of a small workshop I ran at a primary school with children aged 8-11 for a careers day. After being asked about digging up stuff [they thought I was an archeologist!] I asked the children to draw a ‘house’. Some included what I assume are traces of their homes such as door numbers, and some drew what they would want, such as a heart shaped swimming pool! The majority of children drew a pitched roof, chimney and crossed windows.

After the completion of these drawings I spoke about architecture and showed examples. I then asked the children to draw another ‘house’. The drawings on the right show these results. [please click to enlarge]

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