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Make an Enchanted Castle – Virtual Workshop

February 17, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Archforkids workshop Castle Making

Students will build their castles as they learn about the architecture and evolution of castles in this interactive virtual workshop, conducted over Zoom.


Date: February 17, 3:30pm
Cost: $10 per student
Number of Students: Max of 20
Materials: Students will be provided a materials list or may elect to pick-up a kit of materials. For those picking-up kits, BAC will make the kits available for pick-up on February 13 between 10am and noon, and February 15 and 16 between 9am and 4pm. We will make 1 kit available for each registered students.
Location: Via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants ahead of class.
Instructor: Archforkids

Materials needed (for those students not picking-up a kit): 
For the castle – recycled box (shoebox or small mailing carton are ideal
For the keep – smaller box, such as a pasta box
For the moat – cardboard base (cut from a larger box)
For the towers – 4 paper towel tubes or construction paper rolled into tubes
For the drawbridge – string or pipe cleaners
Other supplies: construction paper, glue, tape and scissors.
Option supplies to embellish the castle: tin foil, pipe cleaners, buttons, egg cartons, tissue paper, markers, crayons, wrapping paper to cover boxes, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, etc. Use your imagination!

Materials needed for students picking-up a kit: Scissors
Attendance/Absence/Tardiness Policy: If you are registered for the class, please make every effort to be on time and participate.
Electronic Device Policy: Students are asked to turn ringer tones on their cell phones off during class—and to take any essential calls on their cell phones outside of the virtual classroom.

About Archforkids
Through engaging learning programs grounded in architecture, design, engineering and urban planning, ArchForKids spurs young people to explore how the constructed world around them affects who they are and how they live.

As young designers create parks and dream houses, go on “I Spy” architecture walks and construct skyscrapers and sustainable cities, they apply academic concepts to real world situations. In addition, they gain a deeper understanding – and appreciation – of their own communities and the wider world.

Organizational background
ArchForKids was established in 2013 by architects/educators Janny Gedeon and Karen Orloff and arts administrator Kathryn Slocum. It is a leading provider of STEAM (science/tech/engineering/art + design /math) programs in the New York metro area. ArchForKids also provides a range of virtual programs to audiences across the country and world.

Why architecture?
Architecture surrounds us – it is relevant, easily accessible and tangible. Math, science, social studies and art/design are all embedded in the built world. Architecture is both an art and a highly technical field. Most kids like building things, feeling the accomplishment of problem-solving and creating something interesting, useful and beautiful. Architecture is a great medium for all kinds of learning and doing.

Moreover, the built world can be used to support school curriculum and to make connections between schools, young people and the wider community. Involving children in design decisions about the places in which they live, learn and play can produce inspiring buildings that instill a sense of ownership and civic engagement.

Our process
In ArchForKids offerings, young designers investigate, explore, measure, estimate, design, draw, calculate and construct. They go on neighborhood investigations, design parks and dream houses, propose uses for vacant lots, and much more. Our architect-educators teach core academic subjects through projects that deepen student understanding of the built world. Through this “hands-on, minds-on” approach to education, we encourage students to use design thinking and to become critical thinkers, creative makers and lifelong learners. ArchForKids programs are designed to:

· Use the local community as a living classroom
· Reach all styles of learners
· Use the design process to solve problems and challenges
· Sharpen STEAM content and knowledge
· Introduce children to the tools and strategies used by architects and engineers
· Extend/enrich school curricula and align with common core standards
· Improve ELA skills through journal writing/sharing and presentation of work
· Nurture knowledge and appreciation for the aesthetics, history and function of communities
· Expose young people to potential careers related to the built environment

Archforkids programs and partners
ArchForKids programs include in-school residencies, afterschool studios, library and museum workshops, all-day design challenges and more. We work with schools in New York City and Westchester County. ArchForKids has ongoing partnerships with the Brooklyn, Queens, New York and Westchester Public Libraries; City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, Irvington Recreation department and Tarrytown Summer Arts Camp. ArchForKids has served as artists/educators in residence for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Hudson River Museum (Yonkers) and the High Line in Manhattan. In September 2020, we worked virtually with the nonprofit LEAD Coalition and the City of Panama City, to lead a youth charrette in which teens re-imagined the parks in their community.

Bethany Arts Community is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Westchester and donations from our community.


February 17, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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