The Key Stage 2 children who were in school in the later part of this week all took part in a collaborative Art & DT project. We found out about the Austrian artist & architect, Freidensreich Hundterwasser, and what features can be seen in his unique buildings and constructions. We learned that Hundertwasser was interested in the 'third skin' in which humans exist, and wanted to create places to live and work in that improved lives for people. His view was that as life can have enough problems, housing shouldn't be one of them.
Initially, we used nets to create simple 3D shapes, then the children worked in groups to design, plan and create individual homes that could be combined to create a Hundertwasserhaus (photos of finished structure to follow). Although use of the glue gun was a huge help in completing the very diverse and ambitious designs, the children were resourceful and resilient in working to complete their constructions using the initial materials they were provided with.
In addition to the homes, designs included large windows, roof terraces, sun/rain canopies, plants, swings, slides, trampolines and washing lines (much to Mrs Reid's delight).
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