Osmani students and teachers had a series of fantastic whole-day workshops working in collaboration with Bow Arts. Creating our future was the inspiration for the theme of our work. We all had the opportunity to get our creative juices flowing, thinking about how to solve problems using the medium of the Arts.
Using the theme Green London as a starting point, our mini Osmani designers, engineers and inventors identified and discussed issues to do with sustainability, the environment and how to look after our planet. The children discussed issues like air quality, pollution, traffic, recycling, water usage etc. Anne Harild our specialist artist worked with the pupils to identify one of these issues that they would like to solve by imagining and creating a building that could help make London greener.
The student’s ideas and designs were very rich and imaginative and included a building that consisted of a windmill seed disperser which could help plant more flowers all over London. Other ideas were – a building with a roof that collects water which runs into buckets that birds could drink from and a house-boat that recycles rubbish and builds houses from it.
Our inspirational mini year 3 architects had the opportunity to bring their designs to life by engineering and creating fantastic models of their ‘buildings’ using various materials.
Branching off from the theme Out of this World as a starting point, pupils in year 5 discussed how in the future we might be able to or need to travel and live in places that are hard to reach such as outer space or underwater worlds.
Our innovative Osmani architects and designers worked in pairs and identified a place they would like to build a dwelling for. Places included underwater worlds as well as the outer space and the middle of the earth. Some dwellings were moving vehicles.
Ideas included houseboats, submarines, tree houses and a house on the edge of a black hole. Year 5 had a brilliant time bringing their designs to fruition using various materials.
Year 1’s inspirational theme was In the Garden. They discussed gardens, the natural world and talked about things that could be found in the garden. The children drew and labelled the habitats and structures they aspired to create for the garden and natural environments. Some were for humans to live in and some were for animals. Many of the buildings were concerned with issues of sustainability.
The children made really great models of their ideas that included tree houses, glass houses with lifts and buildings that collect water for animals as well as green houses and dens for animals and people.