Saturday, October 17, 2009

Design Museums Provide Lesson Ideas

Design museums have educators on staff who create lesson ideas for school groups who visit their museums. These lessons can often provide inspiration for ways we can teach design in schools.

In the United States, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum provides hundreds of design lessons that were developed and tested by teachers in every subject area. In the UK, the London Design Museum provides programs specially developed for school age kids.

GET INTO PRODUCT DESIGN (right) is a 3-day course at the Design Museum in London for 12-16 year olds inspired by the influential style of Dieter Rams, where students explore innovative product design with industry professionals to create their own product design solutions and prototypes.

MARVELOUS MARISCAL (left) gives students a chance to create a giant comic strip inspired by the work of Javier Mariscal and add 3D designs models to a magical Mariscal landscape. Students get help from a team of talented designers and are inspired by the work of Javier Mariscal to create kooky cartoon chararcters.

MAKE A MODERN HOME is a workshop for budding young architects and 3D designers. Taking inspiration from the craftsmanship and building techniques of leading UK architect David Chipperfield, students use construction kits from Meccano to make a 3D model of their ideal modern home with expert designers and architects on hand to assist and a bumper range of design materials to choose from for making a landscape for their home,

Click on the heading above to go to the Design Museum in London's website.

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