Geodesic dome building workshops:
Primary and Secondary
We can offer half day or full day workshops making geodesic domes from rolled up newspaper. thhis works equally well with primary or secondary pupils and can be targetted to Y5, Y6, Y7, or Y8.
This workshop is usually lead by artist Pauline Taylor and architect Ged McCormack.
Learning objectives: maths, problem solving, team work, planning, organisation
How will we do it?
· Experimentation with straws and sticks to make 2D and 3D shapes
· Learn how to make a sheet of newspaper into a strong strut for dome building.
· Discuss, evaluate and plan
· Make several large domes using the newspaper struts
· Use maths to calculate the perimeter and perhaps surface area of the dome
· Work together to decorate and enclose the finished dome
This workshop is designed to take place in your school preferably in a hall or very large room. It’s not a messy activity – just paper and sticky tape. It could take place over a full day or by arrangement could be accommodated in a 3 hour morning session.
At the end of the day (or possibly in a half day) we’ll have a final circle to discuss what we have done and recap on findings from the day. Each team will present their dome to the rest of the group and will be asked about the experience: What went well, what could be improved, what next? They will be encouraged to think and talk about team work and the process of building in the real world.
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Infinite Arts has a proven track record of delivering arts workshops and projects in schools and in the community over the last 15 years.
In planning schools work, we usually start with discussion to decide what we want to achieve and then work out how best to do it. It is important that the participants feel ownership of the ideas from the start and see the growing work as theirs. Working as part of a group requires a lot of discussion to ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute. Drawing and sample-making helps participants to see what might be possible and during this phase, we regularly bring the group together to look at what we have created and to make choices and decisions together. At this point, leadership is crucial to ensure that the groups ends up with the best of the work on offer and not the least common denominator. Once the ideas are gathered we would sort out ways to create our designs, and develop the skills to achieve our aims.
Infinite Arts recognises that Health and Safety procedures need to be in place for any such work and understand the importance of planning for the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our artists already have DBS and PL Insurance in place and will ensure that all risks and hazards are assessed in advance and that all aspects of the practicalities and safety both in workshops and processions have been considered. I would also aim to involve staff at the schools and in ensuring that H&S procedures are suitable and are followed.