Beginning Architecture: Structures, Home Design, and City Design

This course was designed especially for students ages 7-12 years old.  It is designed as a full-year course. Students are encouraged to take both semesters. 

Structures:   We will be using things like paper, popsicle sticks, straws, paper plates, pipes to create "Architectural Structures".   This course sets a wonderful foundation for students who are interested in architecture, but not quite ready for the rigor of Introduction to Architecture.  One could consider it architecture as well as a "sculptural art class".

Home Design:  Students may use physical materials or MInecraft/Roblox, Legos etc.. to build models of their dream homes as well as draw the plans and create presentation boards.

City Design:  Students may use physical materials or MInecraft/Roblox, Legos etc.. to build models of assigned city building types  as well as draw the plans and create presentation boards

After students have had a chance to create something using the techniques of the  lesson,  students are invited to take photos of their work to be posted to the student site for other students to see in the following lesson.  It is not required to send in photos of your work if you prefer not to have them posted.

This course is a lot of fun (even for moms and dads:)!     (Materials are not included).

Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Amy Gillispie, B.S.
musicarch.clrc@icloud.com
Age Level:  7 - 12 years of age
Minimum Enrollment: 3
Maximum Enrollment:
12 
Tuition per Semester:
$300
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!

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 Class Meets:
Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM Pacific,
every other week starting September 7, 2021

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Click Here to see the 2020-21 Class Schedule

Part 1

(Fall '19)

Part 2

(Spring '20)

Prerequisite: Part 1, or instructor permission.

Instructor: Amy Gillispie, B.S. email
Prerequisites: None
Age Level:  7 - 12 years of age
Minimum Enrollment: 3
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester: $300; Early Registration (before June 1): $275

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This course will be offered in Fall, 2019. Details will be coming soon!!

Instructor: Amy Gillispie, B.S. email
Prerequisites: No previous experience is required for this course
Age Level: This course is for students 7 - 12 years of age

 

Amy Gillispie, B.S.

Amy Gillispie and her husband, Father Robert, began homeschooling their nine children in 1999.   Amy was graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S.  in Architecture, did her Master’s work in Liturgical Architecture, played the organ for her church at twelve years old, danced in a ballet/jazz company, worked as a photographer/developer, directs musicals, is a COPE certified health coach, a registered IEW teacher and a licensed Simply Music Piano Instructor.  She wrote her own architecture curriculum and began teaching architecture courses to students from around the world when she created her business, Building Brilliant Minds, in 2009.  “Architecture” and “Music/Piano” continue to hold her heart because the possibilities are intertwined and infinite.    Mrs. G’s Architecture and Piano courses may be taken online during the arranged Zoom classes or privately.   For more information,  email Mrs. G.  at  musicarch.clrc@icloud.com , or visit her website at www.buildingbrilliantmindsonline.com .

Materials Needed (these are not included in tuition):

Week 1

Marshmallows
Toothpicks

Week 2

Straws
Single hole punch
String
Scissors
Paper clips

Week 3

Poster board
Single hole punch
String
Scissors
deck of cards

Week 4

three different colors of paper... 6 sheets each

Week 5

Your project from Week 5
Graph paper
Colored pencils, markers or crayons

Week 6

paper cups
paper clips
Paper plates
Rubber bands the size of your paper plates (typically 8") 

Week 7

Popsicle sticks
Toothpicks
Elmers glue
Wax paper

Bonus Projects Week

newspapers
cardboard boxes
large pieces of cardboard

Week 8 - your choices of the following:

marshmallows
graham crackers
frosting
peanut shells
paper mache paste
jello

Week 9

Final Project

(May use an option of the materials from Lessons 1-90

Weeks 10-30

Students may use a variety of materials as they wish.