[Each class is different, but here were the last several weeks of a particularly strong class a couple years ago.]
Thursday is our final class. You are welcome to come early, to watch or play with the children. Their final challenge:
Build something that doesn’t exist.
Building Gulliver — teacher-led, the tallest and most impressive structure we have built
Decide what you want to build — it was their call, the opposite of Gulliver. They ended up building a city complete with zoo, runaway dinosaurs, garbage dump, police and ranger station
Build the school — our most representational project, in which we began by taking a “field trip” through parts of the school. I built them a miniature of a chair in the classroom, which they thought was very cool.
Build an abstract sculpture — or as I said it to the children, “build something that isn’t something and that looks cool.” I first demonstrated two aesthetic criteria, balance and pattern, which many incorporated into their creations.
and finally this week, Build something that doesn’t exist — abstract or representational, their choice, but hopefully using balance and pattern. In our initial discussion, I will try to nudge them towards building something together. but that may be beyond them. Most of their work will be without my assistance.They have gotten much better at building together. You may recall that the dragon they built a couple of months ago, judged by their abilities now, was a fiasco.