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The ABCs of Architecture

A workshop for students in grades 1 and 2

The ABCs of Architecture introduces students to basic architectural concepts of shape, volume, material, space, and occupation. The program stimulates analytical skills, storytelling, collaborative work, and gives students tools to explore fundamental concepts of geometry. Students experiment with three-dimensional construction and participate in a series of challenges and activities that develop greater awareness of the built environment.

The workshop takes place in three parts:

• A presentation illustrating the possibilities of architecture and visit of the CCA during which students are asked to identify geometric shapes and volumes.
• A workshop in which students individually explore volumes and composition using custom kits that include worksheets and wooden blocks. The activity culminates with the construction of models of new imagined buildings, produced in small groups.
• A series of short presentations where each group presents their building and their ideas through a story, addressing what happens in each part of the building and how each of its parts relate.

The ABCs of Architecture is a two-hour long program and is offered year-round in either French or English. We can accommodate up to 40 students per visit. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact us at public@cca.qc.ca or call +1 514 939 7002.

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